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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.
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Adj.1.suffocating - causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless"
breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"
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suffocating

[ˈsʌfəkeɪtɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= choking) [heat] → sofocante, agobiante; [fumes, smell] → asfixiante
the suffocating heat of the dayel calor sofocante or agobiante del día
it's suffocating in herehace un calor sofocante or agobiante aquí dentro
2. (= oppressive) [atmosphere, life, relationship] → agobiante; [regime] → opresivo
the suffocating atmosphere of life in the countryel ambiente agobiante de la vida en el campo
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suffocating

adj (lit)erstickend attr; heatdrückend attr, → brütend attr; roomstickig; (fig) relationship, atmosphereerdrückend attr; it’s suffocating in herees ist stickig hier drinnen, hier erstickt man fast; intellectually suffocatinggeisttötend
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suffocating

[ˈsʌfəˌkeɪtɪŋ] adj (heat, atmosphere) → soffocante, opprimente
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His heart was beating suffocatingly. Would she meet this question with the same composure?
'Good!' 'Hear, hear, hear!' 'Hurrah!' and other cries, arose in many voices from various parts of the densely crowded and suffocatingly close Hall, in which the orator, perched on a stage, delivered himself of this and what other froth and fume he had in him.
The summer suffocatingly stretches out ahead of him; the heat, the hormones, the boredom.
Buhari's Nigeria is a suffocatingly fascist, illegitimate, and it will only get worse in the coming years.
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Even in disciplines where women outnumber men at the entry point (eg, schools of medicine) the pipeline quickly becomes suffocatingly restrictive for women.
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All were friendly, accommodating - not too suffocatingly, though - and at ease with conversation while working.
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But Rehana learns the hard way that freedom from her suffocatingly conservative family, ruled by a father stingy on compassion, cannot be had that easily.