transitive verbstrangled, strangling
- to kill by squeezing the throat as with the hands, a noose, etc., so as to shut off the breath; throttle; choke
- to suffocate or choke in any manner
- to suppress, stifle, or repress: free speech strangled by tyranny
Origin of strangleMiddle English stranglen ; from Old French estrangler ; from Classical Latin strangulare ; from Classical Greek strangalan ; from strangalē, halter ; from strangos, twisted: see strong
verbstran·gled, stran·gling, stran·gles
- a. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.b. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
- To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
- To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict: “That artist is strangled who is forced to deal with human beings solely in social terms” (James Baldwin).
- To become strangled.
- To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.
Origin of strangleMiddle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.
(third-person singular simple present strangles, present participle strangling, simple past and past participle strangled)
- 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.
- To stifle or suppress an action.
- 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.
strangle - Investment & Finance Definition
A trading strategy that involves the simultaneous purchase and sale of options (called a straddle), in which the two parts of the trade do not have a common strike price. A long strangle strategy is used to profit from a volatile price scenario, while a short strangle strategy is used when the investor believes prices will be stable. Typically, short strangles are more popular than long strangles, because the short strangle is used to take advantage of the declining time value of options in markets where asset prices are expected to be constant.