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From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulō, strangulāre, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλόομαι (strangalóomai, “to strangle”), from στραγγάλη (strangálē, “a halter”); compare στραγγός (strangós, “twisted”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈstɹæŋɡ(ə)l/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstɹæŋɡəl/
- Rhymes: -æŋɡəl
- Hyphenation: stran‧gle
- (transitive) To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
- He strangled his wife and dissolved the body in acid.
- (transitive) To stifle or suppress.
- She strangled a scream.
- (intransitive) To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.
- The cat slipped from the branch and strangled on its bell-collar.
- (intransitive) To be stifled, choked, or suffocated in any manner.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Shall I not then be stifled in the vault, […] And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
to kill someone by strangulation
to stifle or suppress
strangle (plural strangles)
- (finance) A trading strategy using options, constructed through taking equal positions in a put and a call with different strike prices, such that there is a payoff if the underlying asset's value moves beyond the range of the two strike prices.
- strangle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- strangle in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- strangle at OneLook Dictionary Search