from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
  • transitive v. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
  • transitive v. To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
  • transitive v. To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict: "That artist is strangled who is forced to deal with human beings solely in social terms” ( James Baldwin).
  • intransitive v. To become strangled.
  • intransitive v. To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
  • v. To stifle or suppress an action.
  • v. To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be strangled, or suffocated.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
  • transitive v. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To choke by compression of the windpipe; kill by choking; throttle.
  • To suppress; keep from emergence or appearance; stifle.
  • To suffocate by drowning. Defoe.
  • To be choked or strangled.
  • n. Strangulation.
  • n. plural An infectious catarrh of the upper air-passages, especially the nasal cavity, of the horse, ass, and mule, associated with suppuration of the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands.
  • n. In wrestling, a hold by which the wrestler's breathing is hampered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • v. prevent the progress or free movement of
  • v. die from strangulation
  • v. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  • v. conceal or hide
  • v. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air


Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulo, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλᾶν (strangalan, "to strangle"), from στραγγάλη (strangalē, "a halter"); compare στραγγός (strangos, "twisted"). (Wiktionary)


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