asphyxiate

[as-fik-see-eyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. asphodel,
  2. asphyxia,
  3. asphyxia livida,
  4. asphyxia neonatorum,
  5. asphyxiant,
  6. asphyxiation,
  7. aspic,
  8. aspidistra,
  9. aspinwall,
  10. aspirant

Origin of asphyxiate

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

Related formsas·phyx·i·a·tion, nounas·phyx·i·a·tor, noun

Can be confusedasphyxia asphyxiation

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British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate

verb

to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
Derived Formsasphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun

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Word Origin and History for asphyxiate

asphyxiate

v.

1818, "to suffocate" (someone or something), from asphyxia + -ate (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.

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Medicine definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate

[ăs-fĭksē-āt′]

v.

To induce asphyxia.
Related formsas•phyx′i•ation n.


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