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English definition of “asphyxiate”

asphyxiate

verb [T often passive]     /əsˈfɪk.si.eɪt/ formal
to cause someone to be unable to breathe, usually resulting in that person's death: The murder inquiry found that the children had been asphyxiated.Breathing and stopping breathingMurder and attempted murderKilling asphyxiation     /əsˌfɪk.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] Breathing and stopping breathingMurder and attempted murderKilling
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