transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 (suffocate) (often passive/frecuentemente en voz pasiva) [person] sofocar*More example sentences
- The ground gave way as the plants pulled him down, knocking the wind out of his chest, and stealing the air he could have breathed by stifling him with their multitude.
- When the Indians set fire to the main building as well as the sheds, the flames fanned into a sunburst, and their smoke stifled the people of Fort Mims.
- Last night I went out and two ladies who were sitting at my table were stifling me with their perfume.
- 2 (suppress) [flames] sofocar*; [yawn] contener*, reprimir; [noise] ahogar*; [anger/indignation] contener*, dominar; [freedom of expression] reprimir, ahogar*More example sentences
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- He stifled his immediate reaction, although he couldn't keep from tightening his jaw.
- He almost choked on his meat but managed to stifle his sudden reaction to her statement with a hastily gulp of water.
- He began to speak, but had to stop again to stifle a giggle.
- A county judge dismissed that case last April under a California law aimed at discouraging lawsuits that stifle constitutionally-protected activities.
- Taxes stifle enterprise only if they increase with enterprise.
- The malfunction of enterprises stifled the growth of innovative designers.
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