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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)

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.

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."