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suffocate

suffocate

suffocate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word suffocate

Definition
(verb) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
Synonyms : asphyxiate , smother
Example Sentence
  • Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
  • The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor

Definition
(verb) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
Synonyms : asphyxiate , choke , stifle
Example Sentence
  • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children

Definition
(verb) become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
Synonyms : choke
Example Sentence
  • He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village

Definition
(verb) suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
Synonyms : choke
Example Sentence
  • His job suffocated him

Definition
(verb) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
Synonyms : asphyxiate , stifle
Example Sentence
  • The child suffocated under the pillow

Definition
(verb) feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
Example Sentence
  • The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating

Definition
(verb) struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
Synonyms : choke , gag , strangle
Example Sentence
  • he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

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