- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to be unable to breathe because the passage to your lungs is blocked or you cannot get enough air; to make someone unable to breathe She almost choked to death on the thick fumes. choke on something He was choking on a piece of toast. choke somebody Very small toys can choke a baby.
- 2[transitive] choke somebody to make someone stop breathing by squeezing their throat synonym strangle He may have been choked or poisoned.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to be unable to speak normally especially because of strong emotion; to make someone feel too emotional to speak normally choke (with something) His voice was choking with rage. choke something Despair choked her words. “I can't bear it,” he said in a choked voice. see also choked
- 4[transitive] to block or fill a passage, space, etc. so that movement is difficult choke something (with something) The pond was choked with rotten leaves. choke something up (with something) The roads are choked up with traffic.
- 5 [intransitive] (informal) to fail at something, for example because you are nervous It looked like an easy goal, but he choked and missed the shot. Idioms
- 1extremely a tournament big enough to choke a horse
- 2a large quantity of something His movies have enough prestige to choke a horse.
NAmE//tʃoʊk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they choke
he / she / it chokes
past simple choked
-ing form choking
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