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asphyxiate

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

asphyxiate

verb
  1. to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
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Derived Formsasphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
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Word Origin and History for asphyxiation

n.

1866, noun of action from asphyxiate (v.).

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asphyxiate

v.

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

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asphyxiation in Medicine

asphyxiate

(ăs-fĭksē-āt′)
v.
  1. To induce asphyxia.
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Related formsas•phyx′i•ation n.
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