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suffocate

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈsʌf.ə.keɪt/ us  

suffocate verb [I or T] (DIE)

to (cause someone to) die because of not having enough oxygen: The report said that the victims had suffocated in the fumes. She suffocated him by holding a pillow over his head.

suffocate verb [I or T] (PREVENT)

to prevent something or someone from improving or developing in a positive way
suffocation
noun [U] uk   /ˌsʌf.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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