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suffocates

verb
present tense third-person singular of suffocate

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1 to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air
  • the law requires the owner of a discarded refrigerator to remove its door so that a child won't get trapped inside and suffocate

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2 to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe
  • temporarily suffocated by the seat belt

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3 to experience complete or partial blockage of the windpipe
  • suffocating in the thick, black smoke of the burning building

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“Suffocates.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suffocates. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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