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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Other Words from suffocating

suffocatingly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for suffocating

Synonyms

breathless, close, stifling, stuffy

Antonyms

airy, breezy, unstuffy

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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

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The book centers on a woman trying to escape her suffocating tech billionaire husband but also involves implanted microchips and dolphins. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Best-selling books Made For Love and Station Eleven are being brought to TV by Maniac showrunner," 26 June 2019 In this suffocating atmosphere, Grossman was asked to sign an open letter from prominent Jews calling for the execution of the killer doctors. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Not as suffocating, however, as the crypt below, the Pantheon of the Kings, where the monarchs—and far too many of their infant children—have found their final resting place. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Takes in the Best of Madrid, Past and Present," 24 June 2019 My New Guinea friends tell me that those arrangements are also socially suffocating, and limit individuals’ abilities to realize their potential. Jared Diamond, National Geographic, "How the pros and cons of city living vary around the world," 22 June 2019 Sarout was among hundreds of rebel fighters who were evacuated from Homs in 2014 after a suffocating government siege ended with a surrender deal and a cease-fire. Washington Post, "Syrian soccer goalie who became rebel icon dies in battle," 9 June 2019 Sarout was among hundreds of rebel fighters who were evacuated from Homs in 2014 after a suffocating government siege ended with a surrender deal and a cease-fire. NBC News, "'Guardian of freedom': Syrian soccer goalie who became rebel icon dies in battle," 9 June 2019 This team is perhaps not quite so fluid, or quite suffocating in its possession, but Costa gives it a sense of mongrel Vicente Del Bosque’s sides at times lacked. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Spain Stable but Still Finding Footing at World Cup Under Band-Aid Manager Hierro," 20 June 2018 To survive, the Warriors will need suffocating defense. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors need another visit from Elimination Game Klay Thompson," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of suffocating

1604, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2019

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The first known use of suffocating was in 1604

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More Definitions for suffocating

suffocating

adjective

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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