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English verb: strangle

1. strangle (contact) kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

SamplesHe tried to strangle his opponent.
A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes.

ExamplesThey want to strangle the prisoners

Synonymsstrangulate, throttle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

Narrower (hyponym)garotte, garrote, garrotte, scrag

Entailcompact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

2. strangle (contact) conceal or hide

SamplesSmother a yawn.
Muffle one's anger.
Strangle a yawn.

Synonymsmuffle, repress, smother, stifle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

3. strangle (change) die from strangulation

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate

4. strangle (change) prevent the progress or free movement of

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

Synonymscramp, halter, hamper

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

5. strangle (body) constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze


6. strangle (body) struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

SamplesHe swallowed a fishbone and gagged.

Synonymschoke, gag, suffocate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hurt, suffer

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