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 asphyxiate asphyxiate

verb

  • be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen  ( asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate )
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
     The child suffocated under the pillow
    The child suffocated under the pillow
  • impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of  ( asphyxiate, choke, stifle, suffocate )
    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
     The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
    The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
  • deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing  ( asphyxiate, smother, suffocate )
    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
     Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
    Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
     The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
    The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor