asphyxiate

[ as-fik-see-eyt ]
/ æsˈfɪk siˌeɪt /
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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.

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

/ (æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt) /

verb

to cause asphyxia in or undergo asphyxia; smother; suffocate
Derived Formsasphyxiation, nounasphyxiator, noun
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Medicine definitions for asphyxiation

asphyxiate

[ ăs-fĭksē-āt′ ]

v.

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