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choke

 
 
pronunciation:
chok
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
choke up
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: chokes, choking, choked
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 when it began to get heated.
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, 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 or swallowing.
He suddenly choked on a chicken bone.
synonyms:
gag, smother, strangle, suffocate
definition 2: to be or become clogged or obstructed.
The garden is choking with weeds.
synonyms:
clog
similar words:
foul
definition 3: (informal) to lose the ability to perform well because of stress or anxiety.
It was her most important interview, but she choked.He did fine on his written exam, but he choked on his oral.
synonyms:
panic
similar words:
overreact
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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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