- to kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills; strangle.
- to impede the respiration of.
- to discomfort by a lack of fresh or cool air.
- to overcome or extinguish; suppress.
- to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
- to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
Origin of suffocate
Examples from the Web for suffocate
Her adopted daughter tried to suffocate a younger biological sibling.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Somewhere in the theater, you also hear a soft, whimpering, “Help”—a woman is about to suffocate on her own tears.Ranking the Saddest Scenes in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’
June 9, 2014
I hated that the town response to tragedy and suffering was to suffocate the afflicted family with attention.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown
April 10, 2013
Yet the key development will hinge on sanctions aiming to suffocate the regime, a current point of division.5 Key Moments to Watch at the General Assembly
September 19, 2011
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Selfby Danielle Evans A powerful short story collection from a rising star.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
October 4, 2010
His heart was pounding until he believed that he must suffocate.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
Marguerite's horror mounted until it threatened to suffocate her.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
He began to suffocate with chagrin, and hurried his steps in sheer distress.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I pant for a plantation which shall shelter and not suffocate.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
Certainly this sand is going to try its best to suffocate us.The Forbidden Trail
- to kill or be killed by the deprivation of oxygen, as by obstruction of the air passage or inhalation of noxious gases
- to block the air passages or have the air passages blocked
- to feel or cause to feel discomfort from heat and lack of air
Word Origin and History for suffocate
early 15c., from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (see suffocation). Related: Suffocated; suffocating.
- To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
- To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.