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verb stifle pronunciation in American English /ˈstaɪf(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theystifle
he/she/itstifles
present participlestifling
past tensestifled
past participlestifled
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to stop something from developing normally
    Businesses are being stifled by a lot of new regulations.
    an attempt to stifle innovation/debate/democracy
  2. 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.

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