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English verb: suffocate

1. suffocate (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 suffocate the prisoners


Synonymsasphyxiate, smother


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


Broader (hypernym)kill


Entailcover


Verb groupasphyxiate, stifle, suffocate

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


SamplesThe foul air was slowly suffocating the children.


Synonymsasphyxiate, choke, stifle


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


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

3. suffocate (change) become stultified, suppressed, or stifled


SamplesHe is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village.


Synonymschoke


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)become, turn


Verb groupchoke, suffocate

4. suffocate (change) suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of


SamplesHis job suffocated him.


Synonymschoke


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


Broader (hypernym)dampen, stifle


Verb groupchoke, suffocate

5. suffocate (change) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen


SamplesThe child suffocated under the pillow.


Synonymsasphyxiate, stifle


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

6. suffocate (body) feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air


SamplesThe room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)feel

7. suffocate (body) struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake


SamplesHe swallowed a fishbone and gagged.


Synonymschoke, gag, strangle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)hurt, suffer









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