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  1. (verb-transitive) To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
  2. (verb-transitive) To check or slow down the movement, growth, or action of: a garden that was choked by weeds.
  3. (verb-transitive) To block up or obstruct by filling or clogging: Mud choked the drainpipe.
  4. (verb-transitive) To fill up completely; jam: Major commuter arteries were choked with stalled traffic.
  5. (verb-transitive) To reduce the air intake of (a carburetor), thereby enriching the fuel mixture.
  6. (verb-transitive) Sports To grip (a bat or racket, for example) at a point nearer the hitting surface.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
  8. (verb-intransitive) To become blocked up or obstructed.
  9. (verb-intransitive) Sports To shorten one's grip on the handle of a bat or racket. Often used with up.
  10. (verb-intransitive) To fail to perform effectively because of nervous agitation or tension, especially in an athletic contest: choked by missing an easy putt on the final hole.
  11. (noun) The act or sound of choking.
  12. (noun) Something that constricts or chokes.
  13. (noun) A slight narrowing of the barrel of a shotgun serving to concentrate the shot.
  14. (noun) A device used in an internal-combustion engine to enrich the fuel mixture by reducing the flow of air to the carburetor.
  15. (noun) The fibrous inedible center of an artichoke head.
  16. (phrasal-verb) choke back To hold back; suppress: choked back his tears.
  17. (phrasal-verb) choke off To bring to an end as if by choking: "Treasury borrowing of existing savings would drive up the interest rate and choke off economic activity” ( Paul Craig Roberts).
  18. (phrasal-verb) choke up To be unable to speak because of strong emotion.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. We sent off a wedding gift of $1,010 (* gasp … choke choke*) to the government (on 10/1) and waited. - Weddingbee
  2. 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. - The Journey to the Polar Sea
  3. More important than the choke is the shot rattler in front of the chamber. - HELLO CROWD, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IMPROVED OR MOD.
  4. Because the reflex of a choker when told not to choke is to (first probably vomit on his or her own legs but then) choke. - Una LaMarche: Project Runway Finale: Part One Recap
  5. The panel claims that risk assessment would decrease the chance of a terrorist attack at what it called a "choke point" at the airport. - The Full Feed from


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