What does the word stifle mean?

Usage examples for stifle

  1. " I was destined for the priesthood later on, but that did not stifle the love in my heart for the young girl. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  2. Loose your hold, and I will tell you- you stifle me. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Be it known to you, Onontio, that so great a number of soldiers, being shut up in so small a fort, do not stifle and choke the Tree of Peace. – The Fighting Governor A Chronicle of Frontenac by Charles W. Colby Edited by George M. Wrong and H. H. Langton