suffocating

adjective
suf·​fo·​cat·​ing | \ ˈsə-fə-ˌkā-tiŋ How to pronounce suffocating (audio) \

Definition of suffocating

: tending or serving to suffocate or overpower : overwhelming

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suffocatingly adverb

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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 Netflix had a premonition: In the year 2020, with beaches closed and spring breaks canceled, the people would need a steamy island mystery to make quarantine a little less suffocating. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Outer Banks Season 2," 4 May 2020 USA TODAY Appropriate pre-storm preparations gave way to a chaotic response in a Florida nursing home where suffocating heat resulted in 12 patients dying after Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'Absolute nightmare': 4 former Florida nursing home staffers charged in 12 Hurricane Irma deaths," 29 Aug. 2019 The suffocating heat and humidity, which prompted the U.S. Tennis Association to create and apply rules on the fly. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "From Osaka to umpires, what we learned during wild US Open," 10 Sep. 2018 The Haskell hospital is one of many Oklahoma rural medical centers trying to remain open under financial conditions that can feel insurmountable and suffocating for the communities trying to save them. Brianna Bailey, ProPublica, "This Hospital Has Only 8 Nurses. They Are Also the Janitors.," 23 Apr. 2020 Millions of people are forced to occupy cramped, notoriously expensive, suffocating housing — fertile territory for a virus that clearly likes to spread among people in close contact. Washington Post, "Virus spread freely in vulnerable New York, a major challenge as talks turn to reopening the city," 10 Apr. 2020 Resplendent details, like the neon lights that bathe a hotel room in a suffocating hot-pink and the luminous LEDs that make both the gangsters’ bikes and the police’s sneakers glow, add a lush visual theatricality to Diao’s film. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Into the Uncharted Zone: Diao Yinan’s ‘The Wild Goose Lake’," 14 Mar. 2020 Somehow point guard Marcus Johnson and his teammates found a way to break Edison’s suffocating press for a 60-57 victory despite committing 15 turnovers. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Iron Mountain boys still burning from 2019 state title nightmare: 'It’s a wound that runs deep'," 13 Mar. 2020 Baldwin Wallace’s suffocating effort squeezed the offensive life out of Haverford and led to a 67-42 victory for the Yellow Jackets. Branson Wright, cleveland, "Quick start ignites Baldwin Wallace women in opening round of Division III NCAA Tournament," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of suffocating

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suffocating was in 1604

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20 May 2020

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“Suffocating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suffocating. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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suffocating

adjective
How to pronounce suffocating (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of suffocating

: very unpleasant or uncomfortable because there is not enough fresh air
used to describe something that makes it difficult to act freely
used to describe something that makes you very uncomfortable

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