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stifle

verb sti·fle \ ˈstī-fəl \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of stifle

stifled; stifling play \ˈstī-f(ə-)liŋ\
1 a : to withhold from circulation or expression
  • stifled our anger
b : to cut off (the voice, the breath, etc.)
2 a (1) : muffle
(2) : smother
b : to kill by depriving of oxygen : suffocate
: to be or become unable to breathe easily
  • stifling in the heat

stifler

play \ˈstī-f(ə-)lər\ noun

stiflingly

play \ˈstī-f(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of stifle in a Sentence

  1. trying to stifle a cry

  2. I had to stifle the desire to yell “Stop!”.

  3. Students at the school are stifled by the pressure to score high on tests.

  4. Too many regulations stifle innovation.

  5. something that stifles the growth of the plant

  6. I wish we could go outside instead of stifling in this tiny room.

  7. He was almost stifled by the smoke.

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Origin and Etymology of stifle

alteration of Middle English stuflen

stifle Synonyms


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stifle

noun

Definition of stifle

: the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (such as a horse or dog) corresponding to the human knee — see horse illustration

Recent Examples of stifle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stifle

Middle English



STIFLE Defined for English Language Learners

stifle

Definition of stifle for English Language Learners

  • : to not allow yourself to do or express (something)

  • : to stop (someone) from doing or expressing something

  • : to make (something) difficult or impossible


STIFLE Defined for Kids

stifle

verb sti·fle \ ˈstī-fəl \

Definition of stifle for Students

stifled; stifling
1 : to cause or have difficulty in breathing
  • The room was hot and stifling.
2 : to keep in check by effort
  • I had to stifle a laugh.

Medical Dictionary

stifle

noun sti·fle \ ˈstī-fəl \

medical Definition of stifle

: the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped (as a horse) corresponding to the knee in humans

Illustration of stifle

illustration of stifle



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