Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb strangle

6 senses of strangle

Sense 1
strangle, strangulate, throttle -- (kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes")
       => kill -- (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays")

Sense 2
smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress -- (conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn")
       => suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb -- (to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires")

Sense 3
strangle -- (die from strangulation)
       => suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate -- (be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow")

Sense 4
hamper, halter, cramp, strangle -- (prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries")
       => restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle -- (place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends")

Sense 5
choke, strangle -- (constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing)
       => compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press -- (squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle")

Sense 6
gag, choke, strangle, suffocate -- (struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged")
       => suffer, hurt -- (feel pain or be in pain)

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