Definitions of choke:
  • noun:   a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
  • noun:   a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
  • verb:   check or slow down the action or effect of
    Example: "She choked her anger"
  • verb:   fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    Example: "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"
  • verb:   breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    Example: "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
  • verb:   constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  • verb:   be too tight; rub or press
  • verb:   wring the neck of
    Example: "The man choked his opponent"
  • verb:   reduce the air supply
    Example: "Choke a carburetor"
  • verb:   suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
  • verb:   become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
  • verb:   cause to retch or choke
  • verb:   struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • verb:   impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
  • verb:   become or cause to become obstructed
  • verb:   die

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