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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. 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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