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suffocate

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verb suf·fo·cate \ˈsə-fə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of suffocate

  • : 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

Full Definition of suffocate

suf·fo·cat·edsuf·fo·cat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to stop the respiration of (as by strangling or asphyxiation) (2) :  to deprive of oxygenb :  to make uncomfortable by want of fresh air

  3. 2 :  to impede or stop the development of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become suffocated:a (1) :  to die from being unable to breathe (2) :  to die from lack of oxygenb :  to be uncomfortable through lack of fresh air

  6. 2 :  to become checked in development

suf·fo·ca·tion play \ˌsə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
suf·fo·ca·tive play \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

Rhymes with suffocate

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SUFFOCATE Defined for Kids

suffocate

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verb suf·fo·cate \ˈsə-fə-ˌkāt\

Definition of suffocate

suf·fo·cat·edsuf·fo·cat·ing

  1. 1 :  to kill by stopping the breathing of or by depriving of oxygen to breathe

  2. 2 :  to die from being unable to breathe

  3. 3 :  to be or become choked or smothered <Weeds are suffocating the flowers we planted.>

  4. 4 :  to suffer from lack of fresh air




Medical Dictionary

suffocate

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verb suf·fo·cate \ˈsəf-ə-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of suffocate

suf·fo·cat·edsuf·fo·cat·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to stop the respiration of (as by strangling or asphyxiation)

  3. 2:  to deprive of oxygen

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to die from being unable to breathe

  6. suf·fo·ca·tive \-ˌkāt-iv\play adjective





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