Definitions for: Suffocate


[v] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
[v] feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
[v] be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
[v] suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
[v] become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
[v] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Suf"fo*cate, a. [L. suffocatus, p. p. of suffocare
to choke; sub under + fauces the throat. Cf. Faucal.]
Suffocated; choked. --Shak.


Suf"fo*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suffocated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Suffocating.]
1. To choke or kill by stopping respiration; to stifle; to
smother.

Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate. --Shak.

2. To destroy; to extinguish; as, to suffocate fire.


Suf"fo*cate, v. i.
To become choked, stifled, or smothered. ``A swelling
discontent is apt to suffocate and strangle without
passage.'' --collier.

Synonyms: asphyxiate, asphyxiate, choke, choke, choke, gag, smother, strangle

See Also: become, block, close up, cover, dampen, decease, die, exit, expire, feel, go, hurt, impede, jam, kill, obstruct, obturate, occlude, pass, pass away, perish, stifle, strangle, suffer, turn

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