strangle

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
  1. verb
    kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
    “he tried to strangle his opponent”
    synonyms: strangulate, throttle
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    types:
    garotte, garrote, garrotte, scrag
    strangle with an iron collar
    type of:
    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  2. verb
    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    synonyms: choke
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    type of:
    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  3. verb
    die from strangulation
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    type of:
    asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
  4. verb
    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    synonyms: choke, gag, suffocate
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    type of:
    hurt, suffer
    feel pain or be in pain
  5. verb
    prevent the progress or free movement of
    “the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries”
    synonyms: cramp, halter, hamper
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    type of:
    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
  6. verb
    conceal or hide
    strangle a yawn”
    synonyms: muffle, repress, smother, stifle
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    type of:
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
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