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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 ​encouragelearning, not to stifle it.
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stifleverb

uk   us   /ˈstaɪ.fl̩/

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.

stifle verb (PREVENT HAPPENING)

[T] 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.
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