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Verb: suffocate  'sú-fu,keyt
  1. Deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor";
    - smother, asphyxiate
     
  2. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children";
    - stifle, asphyxiate, choke
     
  3. Become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village";
    - choke
     
  4. Suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    "His job suffocated him";
    - choke
     
  5. Be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    "The child suffocated under the pillow";
    - stifle, asphyxiate
     
  6. Feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
    "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
     
  7. Struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    "he swallowed a fishbone and suffocated";
    - gag, choke, strangle

Derived forms: suffocating, suffocated, suffocates

Type of: become, block, buy the farm [N. Amer], cash in one's chips, choke, close up, conk, croak, dampen, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, feel, give-up the ghost, go, hurt, impede, jam, kick the bucket, kill, obstruct, obturate, occlude, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, pop one's clogs, snuff it, stifle, suffer, turn

Encyclopedia: Suffocate