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verb stifle pronunciation in American English /ˈstaɪf(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestifling
past tensestifled
past participlestifled
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  1. 2
    [transitive] to stop yourself from doing something that shows how you feel

    She had to stifle a smile when they appeared.

    He stifled the urge to scream.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to stop someone from breathing
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to find it difficult to breathe


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