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ASPHYXIATE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does asphyxiate mean? 

ASPHYXIATE (verb)
  The verb ASPHYXIATE has 3 senses:

1. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
2. impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
3. be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

  Familiarity information: ASPHYXIATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASPHYXIATE (verb)


Sense 1asphyxiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

asphyxiate; suffocate; smother

Context examples:

Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow / The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor

Hypernyms (to "asphyxiate" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

"Asphyxiate" entails doing...:

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to asphyxiate the prisoners


Sense 2asphyxiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

asphyxiate; suffocate; stifle; choke

Context example:

The foul air was slowly suffocating the children

Hypernyms (to "asphyxiate" is one way to...):

block; close up; impede; jam; obstruct; obturate; occlude (block passage through)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3asphyxiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

asphyxiate; stifle; suffocate

Context example:

The child suffocated under the pillow

Hypernyms (to "asphyxiate" is one way to...):

buy the farm; cash in one's chips; choke; conk; croak; decease; die; drop dead; exit; expire; give-up the ghost; go; kick the bucket; pass; pass away; perish; pop off; snuff it (pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "asphyxiate"):

strangle (die from strangulation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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