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Adjective: stifled  stI-fuld
  1. Held in check with difficulty
    "a stifled yawn";
    - smothered, strangled, suppressed
Verb: stifle  stI-ful
  1. Suppress in order to conceal or hide
    "stifle a yawn";
    - smother, strangle, muffle, repress
  2. Suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity
    "Stifle your curiosity";
    - dampen
  3. Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    "The foul air was slowly stifling the children";
    - suffocate, asphyxiate, choke
  4. Be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    "The child stifled under the pillow";
    - suffocate, asphyxiate

See also: inhibited

Type of: block, bottle up, buy the farm [N. Amer, informal], cash in [informal], cash in one's chips [informal], choke, close up, conk [informal], cop it [Brit, informal], croak [informal], decease [archaic], die, drop dead, exit, expire, flatline [informal], give-up the ghost [informal], go, impede, inhibit, jam, kick the bucket [informal], obstruct, obturate, occlude, pass, pass away, perish, pop off [informal], pop one's clogs [informal], snuff it [informal], suppress

Antonym: stimulate

Encyclopedia: Stifled