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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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British Dictionary definitions for suffocating

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 suffocating

suffocate

v.

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

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suffocating 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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