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English definition of “asphyxiate”

asphyxiate

verb [I/T]    /æsˈfɪk·siˌeɪt/
to be unable to breathe , usually resulting in death , or to cause someone to be unable to breathe ; suffocate : [T] The men were asphyxiated by smoke . asphyxiation    /æsˌfɪk·siˈeɪ·ʃən/ noun [U] We thought we would die of asphyxiation on that crowded train .
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