Definition of asphyxiate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsfiksēˌāt/


[with object] (usually be asphyxiated)
1Kill (someone) by depriving them of air: they were asphyxiated by the carbon monoxide fumes (as adjective asphyxiating) figurative avoiding asphyxiating government control
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  • Steam rose from all directions, billowing into swirls, each a threatening tentacle ready to choke, suffocate, asphyxiate me.
  • The kids and I enjoyed having her company, apart from the fact that she just about asphyxiated us all each morning with the amount of hair spray she was using.
  • We all know someone who's very closeness can almost asphyxiate us right?
choke (to death), suffocate, smother, stifle;
throttle, strangle
1.1 [no object] Die by asphyxiation: they slowly asphyxiated
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  • Interestingly enough, both writers are suicides - Hemingway shot himself and Plath asphyxiated in a gas oven.
  • Steve was a good friend I lost last year; he asphyxiated and/or drowned at Soda Springs up in Napa.
  • Her children's allergy to the sun means they must live in near darkness: anything stronger than candlelight will cause the kids to break out in boils and then asphyxiate.

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Syllabification: as·phyx·i·ate

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