Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To kill by stopping respiration; choke; stifle.

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Usage examples "suffocate":

  1. He must signal to have her drawn up to the surface of the water again, trusting that she would not suffocate for lack of air in her ascent. - "Madge Morton's Victory", Amy D.V. Chalmers.
  2. They veritably are demons that seize you by the throat and hang on like grim death until they suffocate and strangle you. - "Quit Your Worrying!", George Wharton James.
  3. But town- life over- weights and hides her; and in the end will suffocate. - "The Promise of Air", Algernon Blackwood.