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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).



strangle (third-person singular simple present strangles, present participle strangling, simple past and past participle strangled)

A drawing showing a woman being strangled.
  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To stifle or suppress.
    She strangled a scream.
  3. (intransitive) To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.
    The cat slipped from the branch and strangled on its bell-collar.
  4. (intransitive) To be stifled, choked, or suffocated in any manner.

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strangle (plural strangles)

  1. (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.

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