To strangle is to cut off someone's breathing by squeezing their throat. If your turtleneck sweater is too tight, you might feel like it's strangling you.

To strangle is to squeeze shut, and it can also mean to gasp for air as if your throat were being squeezed. The word strangle comes from the Greek strangalan, "to choke or twist.” In addition to its throat-constricting meaning, strangle has also come to mean "hinder," like when your parents' strict curfew strangles your social life or when you try to strangle a sneeze in a quiet library.

Definitions of strangle

v kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

“he tried to strangle his opponent”
“A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes”
strangulate, throttle
garotte, garrote, garrotte, scrag
strangle with an iron collar
Type of:
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

v constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing

Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together

v die from strangulation

Type of:
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

v struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

choke, gag, suffocate
Type of:
hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v prevent the progress or free movement of

“the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries”
cramp, halter, hamper
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

v conceal or hide

strangle a yawn”
muffle, repress, smother, stifle
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority

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