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verb     suffocate pronunciation in American English
/ˈsʌfəˌkeɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysuffocate
he/she/itsuffocates
present participlesuffocating
past tensesuffocated
past participlesuffocated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way

    Many of the victims either burned to death or suffocated.

    The men tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] [always progressive] informal to feel very uncomfortable because there is not much fresh air to breathe
  2. 2
    [transitive] to prevent a relationship, business, skill, etc. from developing in a positive way
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to feel that you are not free to enjoy your life or to do what you want, or to make someone feel this way

    Living in a small town was suffocating Mona.

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suffocation

     suffocation pronunciation in American English
/ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
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