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    asphyxiate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word asphyxiate

    (verb) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    Synonyms : smother , suffocate
    Example Sentence
    • Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
    • The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
    (verb) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    Synonyms : choke , stifle , suffocate
    Example Sentence
    • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
    (verb) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    Synonyms : stifle , suffocate
    Example Sentence
    • The child suffocated under the pillow
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