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Definition 1: constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing - [verb of body]

Synonyms for strangle in the sense of this definition

(strangle is a kind of ...) squeeze or press together

"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

(strangle causes ...) breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion

"She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"

Definition 2: struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake - [verb of body]

Samples where strangle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

Synonyms for strangle in the sense of this definition

(strangle is a kind of ...) feel pain or be in pain

Definition 3: prevent the progress or free movement of - [verb of change]

Samples where strangle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather
  • the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries

Synonyms for strangle in the sense of this definition

(strangle is a kind of ...) place limits on (extent or amount or access)

"restrict the use of this parking lot" "limit the time you can spend with your friends"

Definition 4: die from strangulation - [verb of change]

(strangle is a kind of ...) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

"The child suffocated under the pillow"

Definition 5: kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air - [verb of contact]

Samples where strangle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he tried to strangulate his opponent
  • A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes

Synonyms for strangle in the sense of this definition

(strangle is a kind of ...) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

(... is a kind of strangle ) strangle with an iron collar

"people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain"

(strangle implies ...) squeeze or press together

"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

Definition 6: suppress in order to conceal or hide - [verb of contact]

Samples where strangle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • smother a yawn
  • muffle one's anger
  • strangle a laugh
  • repress a cry of fear

Synonyms for strangle in the sense of this definition

(strangle is a kind of ...) consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

"suppress a smile" "he let his anger bottle up until he exploded"

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