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English noun: stifle

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


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.


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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