American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
- v. To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
- v. To cause discomfort to by or as if by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
- v. To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle: "The rigid formality of the place suffocated her” ( Thackeray).
- v. To die from lack of air or oxygen; be asphyxiated.
- v. To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
- v. To become or feel suppressed; be stifled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills.
- To impede respiration in; compress so as to prevent respiration.
- To stifle; smother; extinguish: as, to suffocate fire or live coals.
- Synonyms Stifle, Strangle, etc. See smother.
- To become choked, stifled, or smothered: as, we are suffocating in this close room.
- Suffocated; choked.
- v. ergative To suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.
- v. ergative To die due to, or kill someone by means of, insufficient oxygen supply to the body.
- v. ergative, figuratively To overwhelm, or be overwhelmed (by a person or issue), as though with oxygen deprivation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Suffocated; choked.
- v. To choke or kill by stopping respiration; to stifle; to smother.
- v. To destroy; to extinguish.
- v. To become choked, stifled, or smothered.
- v. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
- v. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
- v. suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
- v. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
- v. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
- v. feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
- v. become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
- From Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare ("to choke, stifle"), from sub ("under") + faux ("the upper part of the throat, the pharynx"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Since we learned last week that Gia had the maid bottle feed her baby at night so the little vampire won't "suffocate" her for milk.”
“In an interview, Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman explains why his country is not ready to negotiate over the status of Jerusalem, why he believes peace cannot be imposed in the Middle East and how tougher Western sanctions could be enough to "suffocate" the Iranian nuclear program.”
“He said he won't allow the strikes to "suffocate" the economy.”
“Basically the rat will be full of glue and either suffocate which is a horrible death!”
“The Tories and the LibDems said fears that ministers were attempting to 'suffocate' the inquiry were being borne out.”
“The net effect of this discovery is two-fold: first the blind mole rat can serve a "living tumor" in cancer research; and-perhaps more important-that unique gene in the blind mole rat becomes a prime target for new anti-cancer drugs that can "suffocate" tumors.”
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“Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg ambushed the Prime Minister in the Commons, angrily accusing him of trying to 'suffocate' the Chilcot Inquiry.”
“Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, accused Gordon Brown of trying to "suffocate" the inquiry by giving Whitehall a veto on what could be in Sir John Chilcot's report.”
“Gordon Brown was accused of attempting to "suffocate" the Iraq inquiry by imposing restrictions on what information could be released in Sir John Chilcot's final report.”
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