asphyxiate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"asphyxiate" in British English

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asphyxiateverb [T often passive]

uk   us   /əsˈfɪk.si.eɪt/ formal
to ​cause someone to be ​unable to ​breathe, usually ​resulting in that person's ​death: The ​murderinquiryfound that the ​children had been asphyxiated.
asphyxiation
noun [U] uk   us   /əsˌfɪk.siˈeɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of asphyxiate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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asphyxiateverb [I/T]

 us   /æsˈfɪk·siˌeɪt/
to be ​unable to ​breathe, usually resulting in ​death, or to ​cause someone to be ​unable to ​breathe; suffocate : [T] The men were asphyxiated by ​smoke.
asphyxiation
noun [U]  us   /æsˌfɪk·siˈeɪ·ʃən/
We ​thought we would ​die of asphyxiation on that ​crowdedtrain.
(Definition of asphyxiate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “asphyxiate”
in Spanish Asfixiar…
in Vietnamese làm ngạt thở…
in Malaysian asfiksiat…
in Thai ทำให้ขาดอากาศหายใจ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使窒息(而死), 使闷死…
in Indonesian menyumbat pernafasan, asfiksia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使窒息(而死), 使悶死…
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