suffocate - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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 burnt 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. 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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noun [uncountable]