Synonyms and Antonyms of stifle

  1. 1 to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air <unfortunately, the robbers were stifled when they got trapped in the airless bank vault> Synonyms choke, smother, strangle, suffocateRelated Words garrote (or garotte), throttle; asphyxiate; drown; croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slayNear Antonyms breathe, exhale, expire, inhale, inspire; resuscitate, revive

  2. 2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering <stifled a yawn> Synonyms choke (back), hold back, pocket, repress, sink, smother, suppress, strangle, submerge, swallowRelated Words control, govern, manage; bridle, check, curb, quash, quell; bottle up, contain; muffle, squelchNear Antonyms express, loose, release, take out, unleash, vent

  3. 3 to deaden the sound of <he stifled a cough with his hand> Synonyms mute, muffleRelated Words insulate, soundproof; pad; dampen, mellow, soften, subdue, tone (down); baffle; smotherNear Antonyms amplify, boost, deepen, enhance, heighten, increase, magnify, step up, strengthenAntonyms unmuffle

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