choke off

choke off
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohk awf, of]
    • /tʃoʊk ɔf, ɒf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohk awf, of]
    • /tʃoʊk ɔf, ɒf/

Definitions of choke off words

  • phrasal verb choke off To choke off financial growth means to restrict or control the rate at which a country's economy can grow. 3
  • noun choke off to bring to an end; end the growth of 3
  • verb with object choke off to stop the breath of by squeezing or obstructing the windpipe; strangle; stifle. 1
  • verb with object choke off to stop by or as if by strangling or stifling: The sudden wind choked his words. 1
  • verb with object choke off to stop by filling; obstruct; clog: Grease choked the drain. 1
  • verb with object choke off to suppress (a feeling, emotion, etc.) (often followed by back or down): I managed to choke back my tears. 1

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Origin of choke off

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English choken, cheken, variant of achoken, acheken, Old English ācēocian to suffocate; akin to Old Norse kōk gullet

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Parts of speech for Choke off


choke off popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for choke off

verb choke off

  • decelerate — When a vehicle or machine decelerates or when someone in a vehicle decelerates, the speed of the vehicle or machine is reduced.
  • handicap — a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning.
  • lessen — to become less.
  • impede — to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
  • crimp — If you crimp something such as a piece of fabric or pastry, you make small folds in it.

Antonyms for choke off

verb choke off

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • hasten — to move or act with haste; proceed with haste; hurry: to hasten to a place.
  • hurry — to move, proceed, or act with haste (often followed by up): Hurry, or we'll be late. Hurry up, it's starting to rain.
  • unblock — to remove a block or obstruction from: to unblock a channel; to unblock a person's credit.

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