choke

When you choke, you are suddenly unable to breathe, often because something is stuck in your throat. Your dad's rude joke might make you gasp and choke on your grilled cheese sandwich.

You might choke in a smoky room, or choke on a grape that's lodged halfway down your throat. In either case, your body can't get enough oxygen. People also choke up with emotion, figuratively choking on their sobs. Likewise, a child might complain, "This scarf chokes me!" — it's uncomfortably tight, but he's not literally unable to breathe. When the weeds in your garden outnumber the vegetables, you can also say they choke, or crowd, your plants.

Definitions of choke
  1. verb
    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    synonyms: gag, strangle, suffocate
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    hurt, suffer
    feel pain or be in pain
  2. verb
    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    synonyms: asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
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    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
  3. verb
    wring the neck of
    “The man choked his opponent”
    synonyms: scrag
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    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  4. verb
    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    synonyms: strangle
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    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  5. verb
    cause to retch or choke
    synonyms: gag
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    sicken
    make sick or ill
  6. verb
    become or cause to become obstructed
    synonyms: back up, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, foul
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    unclog
    become or cause to become unobstructed
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    gum up
    stick together as if with gum
    crap up
    become obstructed or chocked up
    block, choke up, lug, stuff
    obstruct
    silt, silt up
    become chocked with silt
    type of:
    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
  7. verb
    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    synonyms: suffocate
    suffocate
    suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
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    become, turn
    undergo a change or development
  8. verb
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    synonyms: buy the farm, cash in one's chips, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    stop operating or functioning
    die
    suffer or face the pain of death
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    be born
    come into existence through birth
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    abort
    cease development, die, and be aborted
    asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    buy it, pip out
    be killed or die;
    drown
    die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
    predecease
    die before; die earlier than
    famish, starve
    die of food deprivation
    fall
    die, as in battle or in a hunt
    succumb, yield
    be fatally overwhelmed
    strangle
    die from strangulation
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  9. verb
    breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    “She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband”
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    breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
  10. verb
    be too tight; rub or press
    “This neckband is choking the cat”
    synonyms: fret, gag
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    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  11. verb
    fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    “The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience”
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    fail, neglect
    fail to do something; leave something undone
  12. verb
    check or slow down the action or effect of
    “She choked her anger”
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    bottle up, inhibit, suppress
    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  13. verb
    suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    synonyms: suffocate
    suffocate
    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
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    dampen, stifle
    smother or suppress
  14. noun
    a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
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    automatic choke
    a choke that automatically controls the flow of air to the carburetor
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    valve
    control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid
  15. verb
    reduce the air supply
    choke a carburetor”
    synonyms: throttle
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    enrich
    make better or improve in quality
  16. noun
    a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
    synonyms: choke coil, choking coil
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    type of:
    coil
    reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
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