verb (used with object), as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing.
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.
Related formsas·phyx·i·a·tion, nounas·phyx·i·a·tor, noun
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Historical Examples of asphyxiate
"To shoot—or poison—or asphyxiate," expounded Glure, warming to his theme.
Its fumes, being heavier than air, penetrate the burrows and promptly poison or asphyxiate all living animals and fleas.
A tablespoonful poured on a cow-chip and rolled down a dog hole will asphyxiate the entire family.
Compression of the vagus nerve may slow the child's pulse and asphyxiate it through lack of oxygen in the blood.
When version has been done haste may compress the head in the tight cervix and asphyxiate the child.
British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiate
Derived Formsasphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiate
1818, "to suffocate" (someone or something), from asphyxia + -ate (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.
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[ăs-fĭk′sē-āt′]Related formsas•phyx′i•a′tion n.
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