Definition of "choke" []

  • To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea. (verb-transitive)
  • To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: a garden that was choked by weeds. (verb-transitive)
  • To block up or obstruct by filling or clogging: Mud choked the drainpipe. (verb-transitive)
  • To fill up completely; jam: Major commuter arteries were choked with stalled traffic. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture. (verb-transitive)
  • To hinder or stop the breathing of (a person or animal), esp by constricting the windpipe or by asphyxiation (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To have trouble or fail in breathing, swallowing, or speaking (verb)
  • To block or clog up (a passage, pipe, street, etc) (verb)
  • To retard the growth or action of (verb)
  • To suppress (emotion) (verb)
  • To die (verb)
  • To enrich the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply to (a carburettor, petrol engine, etc) (verb)
  • (esp in sport) to be seized with tension and fail to perform well (verb)
  • The act or sound of choking (noun)
  • A device in the carburettor of a petrol engine that enriches the petrol-air mixture by reducing the air supply (noun)
  • Any constriction or mechanism for reducing the flow of a fluid in a pipe, tube, etc (noun)
  • An inductor having a relatively high impedance, used to prevent the passage of high frequencies or to smooth the output of a rectifier (noun)
  • The inedible centre of the head of an artichoke (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "choke" in a sentence
  • "We sent off a wedding gift of $1,010 (* gasp … choke choke*) to the government (on 10/1) and waited."
  • "Two kinds of prunus also grow here, one of which, ** a handsome small tree, produces a black fruit having a very astringent taste whence the term choke-cherry applied to it."
  • "More important than the choke is the shot rattler in front of the chamber."