Meaning of “stifle” in the English Dictionary

"stifle" in British English

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stifleverb

uk /ˈstaɪ.fəl/ us /ˈstaɪ.fəl/

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.

(Definition of “stifle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stifle" in American English

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stifleverb [ T ]

us /ˈstɑɪ·fəl/

to prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing:

It is the responsibility of schools to encourage learning, not to stifle it.

(Definition of “stifle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)