Dictionary.com

asphyxiate

[ as-fik-see-eyt ]
/ æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use asphyxiate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate
/ (æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt) /

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

Derived forms of asphyxiate

asphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for asphyxiate

asphyxiate
[ ăs-fĭksē-āt′ ]

v.
To induce asphyxia.

Other words from asphyxiate

as•phyx′i•ation n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK