- v deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
- v impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
- v become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
- v suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
His job suffocated him
- v be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
The child suffocated under the pillow
- v feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
- v struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
- During difficult deliveries, in which the mother is pushing for three or more hours, a baby can suffocate or sustain brain damage in the birth canal.
- The PNAS study, led by Henry Adams, a doctoral student at UA's ecology and evolutionary biology department, also confirms that hotter temperatures actually suffocate trees in dry .
- Fish and other sea life flee, or suffocate.