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suf·fo·cate

 (sŭf′ə-kāt′)
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
v.tr.
1. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
2. To impair the breathing of or cause discomfort to by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
3. To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle: "The rigid formality of the place suffocated her" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
v.intr.
1. To die from lack of air or oxygen.
2. To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
3. To become or feel oppressed; be stifled.

[Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat.]

suf′fo·ca′ting·ly adv.
suf′fo·ca′tion n.
suf′fo·ca′tive adj.

suffocate

(ˈsʌfəˌkeɪt)
vb
1. (Pathology) to kill or be killed by the deprivation of oxygen, as by obstruction of the air passage or inhalation of noxious gases
2. (Pathology) to block the air passages or have the air passages blocked
3. (Pathology) to feel or cause to feel discomfort from heat and lack of air
[C16: from Latin suffōcāre, from sub- + faucēs throat]
ˈsuffoˌcating adj
ˈsuffoˌcatingly adv
ˌsuffoˈcation n
ˈsuffoˌcative adj

suf•fo•cate

(ˈsʌf əˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills; strangle.
2. to impede the respiration of.
3. to discomfort by a lack of fresh or cool air.
4. to smother or stifle; suppress: students suffocated by rigid discipline.
v.i.
5. to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
6. to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
[1520–30; < Latin suffōcātus, past participle of suffōcāre to choke, stifle =suf- suf- + -fōcāre, v. derivative of faucēs throat; see -ate1]
suf′fo•cat•ing•ly, adv.
suf`fo•ca′tion, n.

suffocate


Past participle: suffocated
Gerund: suffocating

Imperative
suffocate
suffocate
Present
I suffocate
you suffocate
he/she/it suffocates
we suffocate
you suffocate
they suffocate
Preterite
I suffocated
you suffocated
he/she/it suffocated
we suffocated
you suffocated
they suffocated
Present Continuous
I am suffocating
you are suffocating
he/she/it is suffocating
we are suffocating
you are suffocating
they are suffocating
Present Perfect
I have suffocated
you have suffocated
he/she/it has suffocated
we have suffocated
you have suffocated
they have suffocated
Past Continuous
I was suffocating
you were suffocating
he/she/it was suffocating
we were suffocating
you were suffocating
they were suffocating
Past Perfect
I had suffocated
you had suffocated
he/she/it had suffocated
we had suffocated
you had suffocated
they had suffocated
Future
I will suffocate
you will suffocate
he/she/it will suffocate
we will suffocate
you will suffocate
they will suffocate
Future Perfect
I will have suffocated
you will have suffocated
he/she/it will have suffocated
we will have suffocated
you will have suffocated
they will have suffocated
Future Continuous
I will be suffocating
you will be suffocating
he/she/it will be suffocating
we will be suffocating
you will be suffocating
they will be suffocating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been suffocating
you have been suffocating
he/she/it has been suffocating
we have been suffocating
you have been suffocating
they have been suffocating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been suffocating
you will have been suffocating
he/she/it will have been suffocating
we will have been suffocating
you will have been suffocating
they will have been suffocating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been suffocating
you had been suffocating
he/she/it had been suffocating
we had been suffocating
you had been suffocating
they had been suffocating
Conditional
I would suffocate
you would suffocate
he/she/it would suffocate
we would suffocate
you would suffocate
they would suffocate
Past Conditional
I would have suffocated
you would have suffocated
he/she/it would have suffocated
we would have suffocated
you would have suffocated
they would have suffocated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.suffocate - deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathingsuffocate - 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"
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"
2.suffocate - impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage ofsuffocate - impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
obturate, occlude, close up, impede, obstruct, jam, block - block passage through; "obstruct the path"
3.suffocate - become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
suffocate, choke - suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
become, turn - undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"
4.suffocate - suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
dampen, stifle - smother or suppress; "Stifle your curiosity"
suffocate, choke - become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"
5.suffocate - be asphyxiatedsuffocate - be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
croak, decease, die, drop dead, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, snuff it, pop off, expire, conk, exit, choke, go, pass - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
strangle - die from strangulation
asphyxiate, suffocate, smother - 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"
6.suffocate - feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air; "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"
feel - be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state; "My cold is gone--I feel fine today"; "She felt tired after the long hike"; "She felt sad after her loss"
7.suffocate - struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
suffer, hurt - feel pain or be in pain

suffocate

verb
1. choke, stifle, smother, asphyxiate They were suffocated as they slept.
2. be choked, be stifled, be smothered, be asphyxiated He either suffocated, or froze to death.
3. be short of air, boil (informal), swelter, be too hot, struggle for air That's better. I was suffocating in that cell of a room. be short of air

suffocate

verb
To stop the breathing of:
Translations
يَخْنُقيَخْنُق، يَخْتَنِق
dusitudusit se
kvælekvæles
tukehtuatukehduttaa
gušiti
megfullad
kæfa; kafna
窒息する
질식하다
dusinimasuždusimas
noslāpētnoslāptsmacētsmakt
zadušiti se
kvävakvävas
หายใจไม่ออก
làm ngạt

suffocate

[ˈsʌfəkeɪt]
A. VTasfixiar, ahogar
B. VIasfixiarse, ahogarse

suffocate

[ˈsʌfəkeɪt]
vi
(= be asphyxiated) → être asphyxié(e)
(= have difficulty breathing) → suffoquer
Can you open the window? We're suffocating → Peux-tu ouvrir la fenêtre, on suffoque ici.
(fig)suffoquer
After a few weeks with her parents, she felt she was suffocating → Après quelques semaines passées avec ses parents, elle se sentait suffoquer.
vt
(= asphyxiate) → asphyxier
(fig)suffoquer

suffocate

vt (lit, fig)ersticken; his obsessive jealousy/he is suffocating meseine krankhafte Eifersucht/er erdrückt mich; he felt suffocated in that environmenter hatte das Gefühl, in dieser Umgebung zu ersticken; he was suffocated by the smokeer erstickte am Rauch
vi (lit, fig)ersticken

suffocate

[ˈsʌfəˌkeɪt] vt & visoffocare, asfissiare

suffocate

(ˈsafəkeit) verb
to kill, die, cause distress to or feel distress, through lack of air or the prevention of free breathing. A baby may suffocate if it sleeps with a pillow; The smoke was suffocating him; May I open the window? I'm suffocating.
ˌsuffoˈcation noun

suffocate

يَخْنُق udusit se kvæle ersticken ασφυκτιώ asfixiar tukehtua suffoquer gušiti soffocare 窒息する 질식하다 verstikken kvele zadławić się sufocar задыхаться kvävas หายใจไม่ออก boğmak làm ngạt 窒息

suf·fo·cate

vt. sofocar, asfixiar; faltar la respiración.

suffocate

vt, vi asfixiar(se) (form), ahogar( se)
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My brethren, will ye suffocate in the fumes of their maws and appetites
Do not detain those gentlemen here, count," she said; "they would prefer, I should think, to breathe in the garden rather than suffocate here, since they are not playing.
I resolved to take a dog and hold him myself; suffocate him a little, and time him; suffocate him some more and then finish him.
The cook did so, and the Six sitting round the table felt it grow very warm, and they thought this was because of their good fare; but when the heat became still greater and they wanted to go out, but found the doors and windows fastened, then they knew that the King meant them harm and was trying to suffocate them.
Big trucks and buses could suffocate too, so that's why they were banned?
30pm) JUST in the nick of time, Sharon walks in to find Ben trying to suffocate Phil and quickly pulls him away.
Nathan Matthews told a jury yesterday it took "30 seconds" to suffocate his 16-year-old step-sister at her family home in February.
Boa constrictors don't so much suffocate prey as break their hearts.
A MAN has admitted trying to choke, suffocate or strangle his wife.
The police official said the housemaid, who is in her 20s, is suspected of using a wet rag to suffocate the girl while she slept.
A FRESH warning has gone out to parents not to leave their children in air conditioned cars amid fears they could suffocate.
1 : to kill or injure by keeping from getting air or by exposing to smoke or fumes : suffocate