- 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 suffocation
Contemporary Examples of suffocation
A coroner ruled that she had died from suffocation or strangulation.Could Ariel Castro Be Linked to the 1981 Murder of Tammy Seals?
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Videos show food lines bulging with tiny bodies pressed together so tightly you worry as much about suffocation as starvation.Haiti's Adoption Free-for-All
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Historical Examples of suffocation
A brusque question caused him to stutter to the point of suffocation.The Secret Agent
They died of suffocation, after they had breathed all the air contained in the water.
The waiters were recalled, and he was stuffed to suffocation.
David Rossi had a sense of suffocation, and he went out on to the lead flat.The Eternal City
Better the floor than this dingy feather couch of suffocation.Another Sheaf
- 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 for suffocate
late 14c., from Middle French suffocation, from Latin suffocationem (nominative suffocatio) "a choking, stifling," from past participle stem of suffocare "suffocate," originally "to narrow up," from sub "up (from under)" (see sub-) + fauces (plural) "throat, narrow entrance."
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.