suffocate :

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suh fuh kayt

  • 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

  • Fish and other sea life flee, or suffocate.
  • The Soviets lost a crew on reentry in 1970 after an oxygen leak that caused the cosmonauts to suffocate on the way down.
  • 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 .
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