1. [ verb ] kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air
Synonyms: throttle strangulate

"he tried to strangle his opponent" "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"

Related terms: kill garrotte choking strangler compress
2. [ verb ] prevent the progress or free movement of
Synonyms: hamper cramp halter

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

Related terms: restrict shackle
3. [ verb ] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
Synonyms: choke suffocate gag

"he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

Related terms: suffer asphyxiation
4. [ verb ] (biology) die from strangulation
Related terms: suffocate strangulation
5. [ verb ] quieten or silence (a sound) or make (an image) less visible
Synonyms: stifle deaden smother damp muffle tone_down repress mute dampen
Related terms: suppress hush smotherer
6. [ verb ] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
Synonyms: choke
Related terms: compress choke
Similar spelling:   strangles