verb (used with object), sti·fled, sti·fling.
verb (used without object), sti·fled, sti·fling.
Origin of stifle1
SYNONYMS FOR stifle
Related formssti·fler, nounun·sti·fled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stifle
But the House approved a measure last month to stifle that proposed expansion.Congress Wants to Keep Norwegian Airlines’ Cheap Flights Out of America|Tim Mak|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just as goals galore have defined this World Cup in Brazil, so too have the men whose job it is to stifle and stop those goals.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium|Tunku Varadarajan|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The NY Governor has set off a right-wing firestorm, standing accused of seeking to stifle free speech and political plurality.Governor Cuomo: ‘Extreme Conservatives Have No Place In New York’|David Freedlander|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Good technology tends to win out over time, despite all the attempts by the old guard to stifle it.
He again turns Medicare into a voucher program, a position he had to stifle in 2012, because Romney did not approve.
He had to writhe in silence, to beat his head with his hands, to stifle words of rage and hate and despair.The Art of Disappearing|John Talbot Smith
The odor and heat began to stifle him; cold sweat came out on his forehead.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
But aren't you afraid that your parrot will stifle in the pie?The Flower Girl of The Chteau d'Eau, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVI)|Charles Paul de Kock
In the other room a girl put her hand to her mouth to stifle a cry of joy.The Right of Way, Complete|Gilbert Parker
To stifle his laughter, he muffled his head in his cloak and leaned, shaking, against the wall.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz