|1.||(tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle|
|2.||(tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development of: to strangle originality|
|3.||(tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenly: to strangle a cry|
|[C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter]|
strangle stran·gle (strāng'gəl)
v. stran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.