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stifle

verb uk   /ˈstaɪ.fl̩/ us  

stifle verb (NO AIR)

[I or T] to (cause to) be unable to breathe because you have no air: He is said to have stifled his victim with a pillow. We almost stifled in the heat of the city.

stifle verb (PREVENT HAPPENING)

[T] to prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing: She stifled a cough/yawn/scream/sneeze. I don't know how I managed to stifle my anger. We should be encouraging new ideas, not stifling them.
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