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suffocating Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
    asphyxiate; suffocate; smother.
    • Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow
    • The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
  2. verb impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate; choke.
    • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
  3. verb become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    suffocate; choke.
    • He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village
  4. verb suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    suffocate; choke.
    • His job suffocated him
  5. verb be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    stifle; suffocate; asphyxiate.
    • The child suffocated under the pillow
  6. verb feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
    • The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating
  7. verb struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    gag; strangle; suffocate; choke.
    • he swallowed a fishbone and gagged
  8. adjective satellite causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat
    suffocative; smothering.
    • the choking June dust
    • the smothering soft voices
    • smothering heat
    • the room was suffocating--hot and airless

Suf"fo*ca`ting adjective & noun
  1. from Suffocate, v. -- Suf"fo*ca`ting*ly, adv.

Webster 1913