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asphyxiate

[ as-fik-see-eyt ]
/ æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing.
to produce asphyxia in.
to cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or other noxious agents; choke; suffocate; smother.
verb (used without object), as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing.
to become asphyxiated.
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Origin of asphyxiate

First recorded in 1830–40; asphyxi(a) + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM asphyxiate

as·phyx·i·a·tion [as-fik-see-ey-shuhn] /æsˌfɪk siˈeɪ ʃən/ nounas·phyx·i·a·tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH asphyxiate

asphyxia, asphyxiation
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British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate
/ (æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt) /

verb
to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate

Derived forms of asphyxiate

asphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
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Medical definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate
[ ăs-fĭksē-āt′ ]

v.
To induce asphyxia.

Other words from asphyxiate

as•phyx′i•ation n.
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