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strangle

[ strang-guhl ]
/ ˈstræŋ gəl /
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verb (used with object), stran·gled, stran·gling.

to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.

verb (used without object), stran·gled, stran·gling.

to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.

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Origin of strangle

1250–1300; Middle English strangelen<Old French estrangler<Latin strangulāre<Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted
strangler, nounstran·gling·ly, adverbun·stran·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strangle

strangle
/ (ˈstræŋɡəl) /

verb

(tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
(tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
(tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
See also strangles
C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter
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Medical definitions for strangle

strangle
[ strănggəl ]

v.

To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
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