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v. stran·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.
2. To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
3. 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).
1. To become strangled.
2. To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.

[Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.]

stran′gler n.
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Adj.1.strangled - held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter"
inhibited - held back or restrained or prevented; "in certain conditions previously inhibited conditioned reactions can reappear"
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[ˈstræŋgəld] adj [voice, cry] → étranglé(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj voice, sound, laugh, cryerstickt; in a strangled voicemit erstickter Stimme
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
Had he been able to get at Van Baerle, he would have pounced upon him and strangled him.
So every evening he married a fresh wife and had her strangled the following morning before the grand-vizir, whose duty it was to provide these unhappy brides for the Sultan.
Thus one year after he had committed this parricide, he was strangled, together with Vitellozzo, whom he had made his leader in valour and wickedness.
The persons who, like ourselves, never cross the Place de Grève without casting a glance of pity and sympathy on that poor turret strangled between two hovels of the time of Louis XV., can easily reconstruct in their minds the aggregate of edifices to which it belonged, and find again entire in it the ancient Gothic place of the fifteenth century.
The air in the collar and cuff establishment strangled her.
With the storm that is called "spirit" did I blow over thy surging sea; all clouds did I blow away from it; I strangled even the strangler called "sin."
As I explained before, he might easily have been strangled. But he was shot.
Not accustomed to swimming, strangled by the salt water that lapped into his open mouth, he was getting loggy when first he chanced to see the flash of the captain's torch.
As they were disputing, they passed a statue carved in stone, which represented "a Lion strangled by a Man." The traveler pointed to it and said: "See there!
In due time he was dragged across, half strangled, and dreadfully beslubbered by the feculent waters.
--It is He.--Fall from Horseback.--The Strangled Arab.--A Ball from Kennedy.--Adroit Manoeuvres.--Caught up flying.--Joe saved at last.
Inglethorp cried out in a strangled voice, her eyes fixed on the doctor: