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early 15c., from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare (see suffocation). Related: Suffocated; suffocating.
suffocate suf·fo·cate (sŭf'ə-kāt')v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
To suffer from lack of oxygen; to be unable to breathe.