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  Definition of suffocate
  1. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
  2. feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
  3. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
  4. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
  5. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
  6. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
  7. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
Similar Words: gag, choke, strangle, stifle, asphyxiate, smother

 

Hyponyms: strangle

 

Grouped Verbs: smother, asphyxiate, choke, stifle

 

Entailments: cover

 

Derivational Morphology: suffocation, asphyxiation, choking, asphyxia

 

 
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