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Meaning of SUFFOCATE

Pronunciation:  'sufu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
  2. [v]  feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
  3. [v]  be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
  4. [v]  suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
  5. [v]  become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
  6. [v]  impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
  7. [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"

SUFFOCATE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Suf"fo*cate\, a. [L. suffocatus, p. p. of suffocare
    to choke; sub under + fauces the throat. Cf. {Faucal}.]
    Suffocated; choked. --Shak.
  2. \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
             Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate.  --Shak.
    2. To destroy; to extinguish; as, to suffocate fire.
  3. \Suf"fo*cate\, v. i.
    To become choked, stifled, or smothered. ``A swelling
    discontent is apt to suffocate and strangle without
    passage.'' --collier.