suffocate

suffocate
suf|fo|cate [ `sʌfə,keıt ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way:
Many of the victims either burned to death or suffocated.
The men tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag.
a ) intransitive always progressive INFORMAL to feel very uncomfortable because there is not much fresh air to breathe
2. ) transitive to prevent a relationship, business, skill, etc. from developing in a positive way:
The trade embargo is suffocating the nation's economy.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to feel that you are not free to enjoy your life or do what you want, or to make someone feel this way:
Living in a small town was suffocating Mona.
╾ suf|fo|ca|tion [ ,sʌfə`keıʃn ] noun uncount

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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Synonyms:
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  • Suffocate — 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. [1913 Webster] Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To destroy; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffocate — suffocate, asphyxiate, stifle, smother, choke, strangle, throttle can all mean to interrupt the normal course of breathing. Suffocate commonly refers to conditions in which breathing is impossible through lack of available oxygen or through… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Suffocate — Suf fo*cate, v. i. To become choked, stifled, or smothered. A swelling discontent is apt to suffocate and strangle without passage. collier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suffocate — Suf fo*cate, a. [L. suffocatus, p. p. of suffocare to choke; sub under + fauces the throat. Cf. {Faucal}.] Suffocated; choked. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffocate — index extinguish, impede, repress, stifle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • suffocate — early 15c., from L. suffocatus, pp. of suffocare (see SUFFOCATION (Cf. suffocation)). Related: Suffocated; suffocating …   Etymology dictionary

  • suffocate — [v] choke asphyxiate, drown, smother, stifle, strangle; concepts 163,246 Ant. free, let go, loose …   New thesaurus

  • suffocate — ► VERB 1) die or cause to die from lack of air or inability to breathe. 2) feel or cause to feel trapped or oppressed. DERIVATIVES suffocation noun. ORIGIN Latin suffocare stifle , from fauces throat …   English terms dictionary

  • suffocate — [suf′ə kāt΄] vt. suffocated, suffocating [< L suffocatus, pp. of suffocare, to choke < sub ,SUB + fauces, gullet, throat: see FAUCES] 1. to kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc. 2. to hinder the free breathing… …   English World dictionary

  • Suffocate Me — Infobox Album | Name = Suffocate Me Type = EP Artist = Angelfish Released = June 11, 1993 Recorded = 1993 Genre = Alternative, Goth Rock,Dream pop Length = 13:52 Label = Wasteland Producer = Last album = This album = Suffocate Me (1993) Next… …   Wikipedia

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