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  1. [verb] deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
    Synonyms: smother, suffocate

  2. [verb] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    Synonyms: suffocate, stifle, choke

  3. [verb] be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen; "The child suffocated under the pillow"
    Synonyms: suffocate, stifle


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