[ UK /t‍ʃˈə‍ʊk/ ]
[ US /ˈtʃoʊk/ ]
  1. breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband
  2. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    he swallowed a fishbone and gagged
  3. check or slow down the action or effect of
    She choked her anger
  4. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village
  5. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  6. fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience
  7. be too tight; rub or press
    This neckband is choking the cat
  8. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    His job suffocated him
  9. become or cause to become obstructed
    The leaves clog our drains in the Fall
    The water pipe is backed up
  10. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    The children perished in the fire
    She died from cancer
    The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
    The patient went peacefully
  11. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
  12. wring the neck of
    The man choked his opponent
  13. cause to retch or choke
  14. reduce the air supply
    choke a carburetor
  1. a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
  2. a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
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How To Use choke In A Sentence

  • Ye same did rede a portion of his "Venus and Adonis," to their prodigious admiration, whereas I, being sleepy and fatigued withal, did deme it but paltry stuff, and was the more discomforted in that ye blody bucanier had got his wind again, and did turn his mind to farting with such villain zeal that presently I was like to choke once more. 1601
  • Pour over the artichoke hearts and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Keep the artichoke in a bowl of water with a lemon squeezed into it, (rather grandly called acidulated water), this stops the heart from blackening when it is exposed.
  • After a cut on the face or an exudation into the lungs, the loose tissues and multiple vessels allow the proliferating cells to obtain rich nourishment; absorption can take place readily, and the part regains its normal condition entirely, while a bruise at the heel or at the withers finds a dense, inextensible tissue where the multiplying elements and exuded fluids choke up all communication, and the parts die Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
  • ‘You must be joking,’ I wanted to say, but choked on my words as I looked at the moving conveyer and spotted my long-awaited weather-beaten backpack.
  • Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court looked like a coster's orange barrow.
  • A choked sob caught in her throat, and she brought a hand up to her mouth as her eyes filled with tears that spilled over onto her reddened cheeks.
  • The air was choked with smoke and fury, the noise deafening, the attacking fierce. Times, Sunday Times
  • Board up, pack up, and blow town before the traffic chokes.
  • When properly applied, the choke hold causes unconsciousness in 10-20 seconds.
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