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asphyxiate (v.)

1818, "to suffocate" (someone or something), "produce asphyxia," from asphyxia in its transferred sense + -ate (2). Intransitive sense by 1882. Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.

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Definitions of asphyxiate from WordNet

asphyxiate (v.)
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing;
Synonyms: smother / suffocate
asphyxiate (v.)
impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of;
Synonyms: suffocate / stifle / choke
asphyxiate (v.)
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen;
Synonyms: suffocate / stifle
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