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verb choke pronunciation in American English /tʃoʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechoking
past tensechoked
past participlechoked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you choke, or if something chokes you, you cannot breathe because there is not enough air or because something is blocking your throat
    Joe took a bite of the steak and started to choke.
    choke on: Ruth almost choked on a mouthful of cake.
    choke to death: The four-year-old choked to death after swallowing a coin.
    choking smoke/fumes/smog: There was a choking smog in Los Angeles yesterday.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to squeeze someones neck so they cannot breathe
    Charlie wanted to take Herrick by the throat and choke him to death.
  3. 3



    choke up

    [transitive] to fill a place so that it is difficult to move
    choke with: We live in cities that are choked with traffic.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if your voice chokes, you cannot speak clearly, usually because of a strong emotion or because you are laughing
    choke with: Her voice choked with emotion when she spoke of the sister she had lost.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to say something in a strange voice and with difficulty because you are frightened, angry, sad, etc.
      “I don’t want to be your secretary!” she choked.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to fail to achieve something, especially because you lose confidence
    Jordan seemed to choke and missed three easy shots.
  6. 6
    [transitive] if stronger plants choke weaker ones, they surround them and stop them from growing
    The weeds quickly choke less robust plants.
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    choke off

    [transitive] to stop someone or something from developing or being successful
    Business leaders claim that the strong dollar is choking exports.
    If prices are too high, demand is choked off.


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