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English definition of “suffocating”


adjective (PREVENTING)    /ˈsʌf.ə.keɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
preventing something or someone from improving or developing in a positive way: The book tells the story of a woman escaping from a suffocating marriage . It is a land of antiquated social rules and suffocating traditions .Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of suffocating adjective (PREVENTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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