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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Suffocate \Suf"fo*cate\, verb (used without an object) To become choked, stifled, or smothered. "A swelling discontent is apt to suffocate and strangle without passage." --collier.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Suffocate \Suf"fo*cate\, adjective [L. suffocatus, p. p. of suffocare to choke; sub under + fauces the throat. Cf. {Faucal}.] Suffocated; choked. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Suffocate \Suf"fo*cate\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Suffocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suffocating}.]

1. To choke or kill by stopping respiration; to stifle; to smother.

Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate. --Shak.

2. To destroy; to extinguish; as, to suffocate fire.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

suffocate

verb

1: deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor" [syn: {smother}, {asphyxiate}, {suffocate}]

2: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children" [syn: {suffocate}, {stifle}, {asphyxiate}, {choke}]

3: become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating --living at home with his aged parents in the small village" [syn: {suffocate}, {choke}]

4: suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him" [syn: {suffocate}, {choke}]

5: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow" [syn: {suffocate}, {stifle}, {asphyxiate}]

6: feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"

7: struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged" [syn: {gag}, {choke}, {strangle}, {suffocate}]


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