suffocating

adjective

suf·​fo·​cat·​ing ˈsə-fə-ˌkā-tiŋ How to pronounce suffocating (audio)
: tending or serving to suffocate or overpower : overwhelming
suffocatingly adverb

Examples of suffocating in a Sentence

inside the bunker it was suffocating, and some of the men had already passed out
Recent Examples on the Web And, when the person becomes trapped, getting them out alive is a race against time and the engineering of a rapidly suffocating environment. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 The funeral became the largest public expression of dissent in Russia in the two years since President Vladimir Putin launched a suffocating crackdown following his full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 15 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for suffocating 

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suffocating was in 1604

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“Suffocating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suffocating. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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