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suffocating

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

lacking fresh air
  • inside the bunker it was suffocating, and some of the men had already passed out

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suffocating

verb
present participle of suffocate

Synonyms & Antonyms of suffocating (Entry 2 of 2)

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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The first known use of suffocating was in 1604

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“Suffocating.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suffocating. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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