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English verb: asphyxiate

1. asphyxiate (contact) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing


SamplesOthello smothered Desdemona with a pillow.
The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor.


ExamplesThey want to asphyxiate the prisoners


Synonymssmother, suffocate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill


Entailcover


Verb groupasphyxiate, stifle, suffocate

2. asphyxiate (contact) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of


SamplesThe foul air was slowly suffocating the children.


Synonymschoke, stifle, suffocate


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

3. asphyxiate (change) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen


SamplesThe child suffocated under the pillow.


Synonymsstifle, suffocate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it


Narrower (hyponym)strangle


Verb groupasphyxiate, smother, suffocate









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