verb (used with object), suffocated, suffocating.
to kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills; strangle.
to impede the respiration of.
to discomfort by a lack of fresh or cool air.
to overcome or extinguish; suppress.
verb (used without object), suffocated, suffocating.
to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
to kill or be killed by the deprivation of oxygen, as by obstruction of the air passage or inhalation of noxious gases
to block the air passages or have the air passages blocked
to feel or cause to feel discomfort from heat and lack of air

suffocate suf·fo·cate (sŭf’ə-kāt’)
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates

To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.

To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.

suf’fo·ca’tion n.
suf’fo·ca’tive adj.


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