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suffocate

verb [I/T]  /ˈsʌf·əˌkeɪt/ us  
to die because of a lack of oxygen, or to kill someone by preventing that person from breathing: [I] The government warned parents yesterday not to let infants sleep on small plastic pillows because the babies could suffocate.
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