Translation of ahogar in English:
verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- 1 1.1 (en agua) to drown 1.2 (asfixiar) to choke el humo me ahogaba the smoke was choking me 1.3 [motor] to flood
verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (ahogarse)
- 1.1 [persona/animal] (en agua) to drown me ahogaba en un mar de formalidades I was drowning in a sea of bureaucracy 1.2 (asfixiarse) to choke se tragó una espina y casi se ahoga she swallowed a fishbone and almost choked to death me ahogo con el humo the smoke's making me choke o/or suffocating me cualquier esfuerzo y se ahoga the slightest exertion and she's gasping for breath 1.3 [motor] to flood
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