verb (used with object), suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing.
verb (used without object), suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing.
- suffocative goiter,
- suffolk punch,
Origin of suffocate
Examples from the Web for suffocate
Her adopted daughter tried to suffocate a younger biological sibling.
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’|Kevin Fallon|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Justin Green|April 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet the key development will hinge on sanctions aiming to suffocate the regime, a current point of division.
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Selfby Danielle Evans A powerful short story collection from a rising star.
Tell the person he is suffocating in water, and he will suffocate, unless you prevent him.The Spirit Land|Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
If I should be pulled up I might be jerked away from my air-supply and suffocate before I got to the surface.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein|Frank R. Stockton
Let me out double-quick; I stifle, I suffocate, I do not breaze.King of the Air|Herbert Strang
And that suggested another idea—that he might suffocate before he starved.Samuel the Seeker|Upton Sinclair
It made her feel she could not breathe: she must suffocate, it was so inhuman.The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Word Origin for suffocate
early 15c., from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (see suffocation). Related: Suffocated; suffocating.