Suffocate definitions

sŭf'ə-kāt'
To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
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To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
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To die by being suffocated.
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To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle.
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To die from lack of air or oxygen.
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To be unable to breathe freely; choke; stifle; smother.
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To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
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To be unable to develop properly as because of a repressive or dulling environment.
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To become or feel oppressed; be stifled.
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To kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc.
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To hinder the free breathing of; deprive of fresh air; stifle; choke.
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To smother, suppress, extinguish, etc. by or as by cutting off the supply of air.
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Suffocate is to cut off the supply of air, or to feel stifled and oppressed.

When you smother someone with a pillow so he can't breath, this is an example of a time when you suffocate him.

When you feel claustrophobic and trapped by your small town, this is an example of a time when your town suffocates you.

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(ergative) To suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.

Open the hatch, he is suffocating in the airlock!

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(obsolete) Suffocated; choked.

adjective
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To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
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To die from lack of air or oxygen.
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To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
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To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
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(ergative) To die due to, or kill someone by means of, insufficient oxygen supply to the body.

He suffocated his wife by holding a pillow over her head.

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(ergative, figuratively) To overwhelm, or be overwhelmed (by a person or issue), as though with oxygen deprivation.

I'm suffocating under this huge workload.

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To suffocate fire.

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Origin of suffocate

From Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (“to choke, stifle"), from sub (“under") + faux (“the upper part of the throat, the pharynx").