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English noun: stifle

1. stifle (animal) joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee


Synonymsknee


Broader (hypernym)articulatio, articulation, joint


Part meronymhind leg


English verb: stifle

1. stifle (contact) conceal or hide


SamplesSmother a yawn.
Muffle one's anger.
Strangle a yawn.


Synonymsmuffle, repress, smother, strangle


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


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

2. stifle (change) smother or suppress


SamplesStifle your curiosity.


Synonymsdampen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress


Narrower (hyponym)choke, suffocate


Antonymsstimulate, excite

3. stifle (contact) impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of


SamplesThe foul air was slowly suffocating the children.


Synonymsasphyxiate, choke, suffocate


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


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

4. stifle (change) be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen


SamplesThe child suffocated under the pillow.


Synonymsasphyxiate, 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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