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choke

choke

 
 
pronunciation:
chok
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
choke up
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: choked, chokes, choking
definition 1: to stop or obstruct the breathing of, esp. by squeezing, blocking, or irritating the windpipe.
Loosen that rope around the dog's neck before it chokes him.
synonyms:
gag, smother, strangle, suffocate, throttle
similar words:
asphyxiate, bowstring, burke, garrote, stifle
definition 2: to cause to stop, esp. by forceful suppression (often fol. by back or off).
He choked back his anger.She choked off the discussion.
synonyms:
crush, quash, quell, silence, subdue
similar words:
bottle up, check, curb, cut, gulp, muzzle, put down, repress, restrain, stifle, suppress, terminate
definition 3: to obstruct by clogging, crowding, or blocking.
A ball of hair is choking the drainpipe.Weeds choked the garden.
synonyms:
block, clog, obstruct
similar words:
close, constrict, occlude, plug up, stop up
definition 4: to enrich the fuel mixture of (an internal-combustion engine) by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
similar words:
carburet, throttle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to suffer difficulty in breathing, speaking, or swallowing.
He choked on a chicken bone.She was laughing so hard that she could only choke out a greeting to us.
synonyms:
gag, smother, strangle, suffocate
definition 2: to become clogged or obstructed.
synonyms:
clog
similar words:
foul
definition 3: (informal) to lose the ability to perform well because of stress or anxiety.
He choked on the exam.It was her most important interview, but she choked.
synonyms:
panic
similar words:
overreact
phrase: choke up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the sound or act of choking.
I heard his choke and tried to help him.
synonyms:
gasp
similar words:
pant
definition 2: a device that controls the amount of air supplied to a carburetor.
After I put on the choke, the engine started right up.
similar words:
carburetor, throttle
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