Definition of strangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    strangle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strangle
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it strangles
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡlz//
     
    past simple strangled
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡld//
     
    past participle strangled
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡld//
     
    -ing form strangling
    BrE BrE//ˈstræŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræŋɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1strangle somebody to kill somebody by squeezing or pressing on their throat and neck to strangle somebody to death He strangled her with her own scarf. Whenever she starts going on about her beloved son, I could cheerfully strangle her.
  2. 2strangle something to prevent something from growing or developing The current monetary policy is strangling the economy. ‘Oh, no!’ she cried, strangling a sob. This project should have been strangled at birth.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē ‘halter’, related to strangos ‘twisted’.
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