Meaning of “suffocate” in the English Dictionary

(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 government warned parents yesterday not to let infants sleep on small plastic pillows because the babies could suffocate.

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