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    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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