- 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.
- to become asphyxiated.
Origin of asphyxiate
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Examples from the Web for asphyxiating
The rest of the train will now be even more packed and asphyxiating.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures
June 23, 2013
So they spent eight years taking the humming economy they inherited and asphyxiating it.Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Economic Sabotage
February 6, 2012
They followed the cannonade with a cloud of asphyxiating gas.
It would only be an asphyxiating gas that would knock a man out for a while.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
The room was asphyxiating, but no one except Audrey seemed to be inconvenienced.The Lion's Share
E. Arnold Bennett
Both explosive and incendiary shells were used, while aeroplane bombs, darts and asphyxiating gas were resorted to occasionally.
Yes, he would go to Germany and study medicine and escape this asphyxiating atmosphere.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiating
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To induce asphyxia.
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