choke Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “choke” in the English Dictionary

"choke" in British English

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uk   /tʃəʊk/  us   /tʃoʊk/

choke verb (STOP BREATHING)

[I or T] If you choke, or if something chokes you, you ​stopbreathing because something is ​blockingyourthroat: She choked to ​death on a ​fishbone. Children can choke onpeanuts. Peanuts can choke a ​smallchild. [T] to make someone ​stopbreathing by ​pressingtheirthroat with the ​hands

choke verb (FILL)

[T usually passive] (also choke up) to ​fill something such as a ​road or ​pipe, so that nothing can ​pass through: At ​lunchtime the ​streets were choked with ​traffic.

choke verb (FAIL)

[I] (also choke it) informal (usually in ​sports) to ​fail to do something at a ​time when it is ​urgent, usually because you ​suddenlyloseconfidence: He could ​scorepoints at will during the ​qualifyingmatches, but in the ​final he ​completely choked.
Phrasal verbs

chokenoun [C or U]

uk   /tʃəʊk/  us   /tʃoʊk/
a ​device in a ​motorvehicle that ​changes the ​amount of ​air going into the ​engine, ​allowing more ​fuelcompared to ​air to go in and ​therefore making the ​engineeasier to ​start
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