suffocate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “suffocate” in the English Dictionary

"suffocate" in British English

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suffocateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈsʌf.ə.keɪt/

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
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌsʌf.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/
(Definition of suffocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suffocate" in American English

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suffocateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈsʌf·əˌkeɪt/
to ​die because of a ​lack of ​oxygen, or to ​kill someone by ​preventing that ​person from ​breathing: [I] The ​governmentwarnedparentsyesterday not to ​letinfantssleep on ​smallplasticpillows because the ​babies could suffocate.
(Definition of suffocate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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