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suffocate

[ suhf-uh-keyt ]
/ 藞s蕦f 蓹藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), suf路fo路cat路ed, suf路fo路cat路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), suf路fo路cat路ed, suf路fo路cat路ing.
to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
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Origin of suffocate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin suff艒c膩tus (past participle of suff艒c膩re 鈥渢o choke, stifle鈥), equivalent to suf-suf- + -f艒c- (combining form of fauc-, stem of fauc膿s 鈥渢hroat鈥) + -膩tus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for suffocate

suffocate
/ (藞s蕦f蓹藢ke瑟t) /

verb
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

Derived forms of suffocate

suffocating, adjectivesuffocatingly, adverbsuffocation, nounsuffocative, adjective

Word Origin for suffocate

C16: from Latin suff艒c膩re, from sub- + fauc膿s throat
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Medical definitions for suffocate

suffocate
[ s怒f蓹-k膩t鈥 ]

v.
To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.

Other words from suffocate

suf鈥瞗o鈥ation n.
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