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Pronunciation:  as'fiksee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
  2. [v]  impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
  3. [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"

ASPHYXIATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: choke, smother, suffocate, suffocate
 See Also: block, close up, cover, decease, die, exit, expire, go, impede, jam, kill, obstruct, obturate, occlude, pass, pass away, perish, strangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\As*phyx"i*ate\, v. t.
To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate.

Note: [Used commonly in the past pple.]

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: be killed, bottle up, burke, censor, choke, choke off, clamp down on, cork, cork up, crack down on, crush, damp down, drown, extinguish, famish, gag, garrote, hold down, jump on, keep down, keep under, kill, muzzle, OD, pour water on, put down, quash, quell, quench, repress, shut down on, silence, sit down on, sit on, smash, smother, squash, squelch, stanch, starve, stifle, stop the breath, strangle, stultify, subdue, suffocate, suppress, throttle