suffocate


suf·fo·cate

verb \ˈsə-fə-ˌkāt\

: to die because you are unable to breathe

: to kill (someone) by making breathing impossible

: to be uncomfortable because there is not enough fresh air

suf·fo·cat·edsuf·fo·cat·ing

Full Definition of SUFFOCATE

transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to stop the respiration of (as by strangling or asphyxiation) (2) :  to deprive of oxygen
b :  to make uncomfortable by want of fresh air
2
:  to impede or stop the development of
intransitive verb
1
:  to become suffocated:
a (1) :  to die from being unable to breathe
(2) :  to die from lack of oxygen
b :  to be uncomfortable through lack of fresh air
2
:  to become checked in development
suf·fo·ca·tion \ˌsə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
suf·fo·ca·tive \ˈsə-fə-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of SUFFOCATE

  1. Don't put that pillow over her face—she could suffocate.
  2. The poor dog could suffocate in the car on a hot day like this.
  3. The victims were found suffocated.

Origin of SUFFOCATE

Middle English, from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare to choke, stifle, from sub- + fauces throat
First Known Use: 15th century

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suf·fo·cate

verb \ˈsəf-ə-ˌkāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
suf·fo·cat·edsuf·fo·cat·ing

Medical Definition of SUFFOCATE

transitive verb
1
: to stop the respiration of (as by strangling or asphyxiation)
2
: to deprive of oxygen
intransitive verb
: to die from being unable to breathe
suf·fo·ca·tive \-ˌkāt-iv\ adjective

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