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Meaning & Definition of Suffocate in English

English

Suffocate

/səfəket/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • smother
  • ,
  • asphyxiate
  • ,
  • suffocate

2. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

  • "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • stifle
  • ,
  • asphyxiate
  • ,
  • choke

3. Become stultified, suppressed, or stifled

  • "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • choke

4. Suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

  • "His job suffocated him"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • choke

5. Be asphyxiated

  • Die from lack of oxygen
  • "The child suffocated under the pillow"
    synonym:
  • suffocate
  • ,
  • stifle
  • ,
  • asphyxiate

6. Feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air

  • "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
    synonym:
  • suffocate

7. Struggle for breath

  • Have insufficient oxygen intake
  • "He swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    synonym:
  • gag
  • ,
  • choke
  • ,
  • strangle
  • ,
  • suffocate

Examples of using

I thought I was going to suffocate on the crowded train.