American English

Definition of choke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they choke
    he / she / it chokes
    past simple choked
    -ing form choking
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] choke somebody to make someone stop breathing by squeezing their throat synonym strangle He may have been choked or poisoned.
  3. 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. 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. 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.
  6. Idioms
      enough (something) to choke a horse (informal)
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    1. 1extremely a tournament big enough to choke a horse
    2. 2a large quantity of something His movies have enough prestige to choke a horse.
    Phrasal Verbschoke somethingbackchoke somethingdownchoke somethingoffchoke outchoke up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: choke