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English definition of “stifle”

stifle

verb [T] (PREVENT HAPPENING)    /ˈstaɪ.fl̩/
to prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing: She stifled a cough/yawn/scream/sneeze. I don't know how I managed to stifle my anger. We should be encouraging new ideas, not stifling them.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of stifle verb (PREVENT HAPPENING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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