What does strangle mean?

Definitions for strangle
ˈstræŋ gəlstran·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strangle, strangulate, throttleverb

    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"

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

  3. strangleverb

    die from strangulation

  4. hamper, halter, cramp, strangleverb

    prevent the progress or free movement of

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

  5. choke, strangleverb

    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing

  6. gag, choke, strangle, suffocateverb

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"


  1. strangleverb

    To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.

    He strangled his wife and dissolved the body in acid.

  2. strangleverb

    To stifle or suppress an action.

    She strangled a scream.

  3. strangleverb

    To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.

    The cat slipped from the branch and strangled on its bell-collar.

  4. Etymology: From estrangler, from strangulo, from στραγγαλᾶν, from στραγγάλη; compare στραγγός.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To STRANGLEverb

    Etymology: strangulo, Latin.

    His face is black and full of blood;
    His eye-balls farther out, than when he liv’d;
    Staring full ghastly, like a strangled man. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
    To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
    And there be strangled ere my Romeo comes? William Shakespeare.

    Do’st thou not know that thou hast strangled thine husbands? Tob. iii. 8.

    The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey. Neh.

    So heinous a crime was the sin of adultery, that our Saxon ancestors compelled the adulteress to strangle herself; and he who debauched her was to be hanged over her grave. John Ayliffe.

    By th’ clock, ’tis day;
    And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp:
    Is’t night’s predominance, or the day’s shame? William Shakespeare, Macb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strangleverb

    to compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until death results from stoppage of respiration; to choke to death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a rope

  2. Strangleverb

    to stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner

  3. Strangleverb

    to hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress

  4. Strangleverb

    to be strangled, or suffocated

  5. Etymology: [OF. estrangler, F. trangler, L. strangulare, Gr. , , fr. a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, n. Cf. Strain, String.]


  1. Strangle

    In finance, a strangle is an investment strategy involving the purchase or sale of particular option derivatives that allows the holder to profit based on how much the price of the underlying security moves, with relatively minimal exposure to the direction of price movement. The purchase of particular option derivatives is known as a long strangle, while the sale of the option derivatives is known as a short strangle. It is related to a similar option strategy known as a straddle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strangle

    strang′gl, v.t. to compress the throat so as to prevent breathing and destroy life: to choke: to hinder from birth or appearance: to suppress.—n. Strang′ler.—n.pl. Strang′les, a contagious eruptive disorder peculiar to young horses.—n. Strang′le-weed, the dodder, the broom-rape.—v.t. Strang′ulate, to strangle: to compress so as to suppress or suspend function.—p.adj. Strang′ulated, having the function stopped by compression: constricted, much narrowed.—n. Strangulā′tion, act of strangling: compression of the throat and partial suffocation: the state of a part abnormally constricted. [O. Fr. estrangler (Fr. étrangler)—L. strangulāre, -ātum—Gr. strangaloein, to strangle, strangos, twisted.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strangle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strangle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of strangle in a Sentence

  1. Hubert Humphrey:

    The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.

  2. Anais Nin:

    Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

  3. Glendina West:

    Mr. Scaasi was a character. He was a wonderful man and designer -- certain days I wanted to strangle him, he was temperamental, strong willed and always had to get the last say. And he was a wonderful boss.

  4. Vangelis Meimarakis:

    Our partners do not want to strangle us.

  5. Josh Tabish:

    The big telecom companies are trying to strangle the C$25 package at birth.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. emanate
    • B. summon
    • C. transpire
    • D. elate

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