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verb suffocate pronunciation in British English /ˈsʌfəkeɪt/
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present tense
present participlesuffocating
past tensesuffocated
past participlesuffocated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way
    Many of the victims either burnt to death or suffocated.
    The men tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to prevent a relationship, business, skill etc from developing in a positive way
    The trade embargo is suffocating the nation’s economy.
  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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 suffocate pronunciation in British English /ˌsʌfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


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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