Definition of “asphyxiate” - English Dictionary

“asphyxiate” in British English

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asphyxiateverb [ T often passive ]

uk /əsˈfɪk.si.eɪt/ us /əsˈfɪk.si.eɪt/ formal

to cause someone to be unable to breathe, usually resulting in that person's death:

The murder inquiry found that the children had been asphyxiated.
asphyxiation
noun [ U ] uk /əsˌfɪk.siˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /əsˌfɪk.siˈeɪ.ʃən/

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

“asphyxiate” in American English

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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 crowded train.

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

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