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suffocate

[suhf-uh-keyt] /ˈsʌf əˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), suffocated, suffocating.
1.
to kill by preventing the access of air to the blood through the lungs or analogous organs, as gills; strangle.
2.
to impede the respiration of.
3.
to discomfort by a lack of fresh or cool air.
4.
to overcome or extinguish; suppress.
verb (used without object), suffocated, suffocating.
5.
to become suffocated; stifle; smother.
6.
to be uncomfortable due to a lack of fresh or cool air.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin suffōcātus (past participle of suffōcāre to choke, stifle), equivalent to suf- suf- + -fōc- (combining form of fauc-, stem of faucēs throat) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
suffocatingly, adverb
suffocation, noun
suffocative, adjective
unsuffocated, adjective
unsuffocative, adjective
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  • They do not feel the rage of self-made entrepreneurs suffocated by red tape.
  • Some suffocated, some died having leapt from the ninth-floor to the street below.
  • Particularly unruly patients were sometimes wrapped in wet canvas and nearly suffocated.
  • The evidence showed that they tied him up, taunted and beat him, and suffocated him with duct tape.
  • The workers were killed when they suffocated after being engulfed by grain.
  • In this case, heat is also absorbed and the fire is suffocated again.
  • He became entrapped between the mattress and the footboard of the crib and suffocated.
  • Workers entering grain bins while the bin is being emptied may risk being crushed or suffocated by flowing grain.
  • It did not crush him but pinned him in a crouched position where he suffocated.
  • The ash flattened vegetation and suffocated many terrestrial insects, creating food shortages for other wildlife.
British Dictionary definitions for suffocated

suffocate

/ˈsʌfəˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
to kill or be killed by the deprivation of oxygen, as by obstruction of the air passage or inhalation of noxious gases
2.
to block the air passages or have the air passages blocked
3.
to feel or cause to feel discomfort from heat and lack of air
Derived Forms
suffocating, adjective
suffocatingly, adverb
suffocation, noun
suffocative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suffōcāre, from sub- + faucēs throat
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Word Origin and History for suffocated

suffocate

v.

early 15c., from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (see suffocation). Related: Suffocated; suffocating.

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suffocated in Medicine

suffocate suf·fo·cate (sŭf'ə-kāt')
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates

  1. To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.

  2. To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.


suf'fo·ca'tion n.
suf'fo·ca'tive adj.
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