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suffocate

suf·fo·cate

suffocate

 
 
pronunciation:
suh f keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: suffocated, suffocates, suffocating
definition 1: to kill by not allowing to breathe; smother.
similar words:
smother
definition 2: to die from lack of air.
The animals suffocated in the smoke from the fire.
similar words:
smother
definition 3: to be kept from breathing easily or from cool fresh air.
I nearly suffocated on that hot, crowded bus.
similar words:
choke
derivations: suffocative (adj.), suffocatingly (adv.), suffocation (n.)
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The word suffocate contains the following part:
suf- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix suf- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of sub- used before roots beginning with "f," such as "fus" and "fix." See sub-.
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