strangle
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈstɹæŋɡ(ə)l/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈstɹæŋɡəl/
Verb

strangle (strangles, present participle strangling; past and past participle 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.
    • 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?
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: подавля́ть
Noun

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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