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suffocate

verb [I or T] (PREVENT)    /ˈsʌf.ə.keɪt/
to prevent something or someone from improving or developing in a positive wayPreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting suffocation     /ˌsʌf.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] Breathing and stopping breathingMurder and attempted murderKillingDeath and dying
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