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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


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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