What is another word for suffocate?

Synonyms for suffocate
ˈsʌf əˌkeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smother, asphyxiate, suffocate(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:
    choke, stifle, asphyxiate, put out, strangle, repress, smother, surround, muffle, gag

  2. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke(verb)

    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

    "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"

    Synonyms:
    drop dead, strangle, pop off, gag, give-up the ghost, choke, foul, throttle, repress, cash in one's chips, fret, kick the bucket, expire, buy the farm, pass away, perish, croak, clog, conk, asphyxiate, clog up, back up, snuff it, decease, dampen, go, pass, choke off, die, smother, exit, congest, scrag, muffle, stifle

  3. suffocate, choke(verb)

    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled

    "He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village"

    Synonyms:
    go, perish, asphyxiate, drop dead, conk, croak, clog up, decease, gag, pass away, cash in one's chips, fret, congest, kick the bucket, throttle, give-up the ghost, clog, exit, choke off, pop off, buy the farm, pass, smother, die, choke, foul, stifle, expire, snuff it, back up, strangle, scrag

  4. suffocate, choke(verb)

    suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

    "His job suffocated him"

    Synonyms:
    go, perish, asphyxiate, drop dead, conk, croak, clog up, decease, gag, pass away, cash in one's chips, fret, congest, kick the bucket, throttle, give-up the ghost, clog, exit, choke off, pop off, buy the farm, pass, smother, die, choke, foul, stifle, expire, snuff it, back up, strangle, scrag

  5. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate(verb)

    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

    "The child suffocated under the pillow"

    Synonyms:
    stifle, asphyxiate, gag, muffle, strangle, repress, smother, choke, dampen

  6. suffocate(verb)

    feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air

    "The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating"

    Synonyms:
    stifle, smother, strangle, asphyxiate, gag, choke

  7. gag, choke, strangle, suffocate(verb)

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

    "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

    Synonyms:
    drop dead, strangle, pop off, gag, give-up the ghost, choke, foul, throttle, repress, muzzle, cash in one's chips, fret, kick the bucket, expire, halter, buy the farm, pass away, perish, croak, clog, conk, strangulate, asphyxiate, clog up, back up, snuff it, decease, quip, hamper, go, heave, pass, choke off, cramp, die, smother, exit, congest, scrag, muffle, retch, stifle

Wiktionary

  1. suffocate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    asphyxiate, stifle

  2. suffocate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    drown

  3. suffocate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    asphyxiate, smother

  4. suffocate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    stifle, asphyxiate

  5. suffocate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    smother

Editors Contribution

  1. choke (verb)

    stop breathing by obstruction of one’s trachea

    the guy choked the assailant with a scarf

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. suffocate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    stifle, smother, choke, strangle, kill (by stopping respiration)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. suffocate(v)

    Synonyms:
    choke, stifle, smother, asphyxiate, burke

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "suffocate":

    stifle, smother, choke, strangle, nip, quell, muffle

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  1. Marjan Ghadrdan:

    Animals put their heads in the bags and they can't get them off and suffocate, i always cut my potato chip bags so they're not like a little pocket and they can't get their heads inside. AWARE Wildlife Center's mission.

  2. Viktor Orban:

    We are either going to be successful together, or not at all, we are going to expand the country or we will all suffocate in petty, provincial shoving.

  3. Michael Grandner:

    A lot of people think sleep apnea will cause them to suffocate, but it won't, you're still getting enough air to breathe --and if not, your brain will wake you up.

  4. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel:

    Even in the eye of the hurricane of adversity that the enemy conceived to suffocate us, the Cuban economy can grow slightly, thanks to the fact that we have the potential to resist and continue advancing in our development.

  5. Anthon St Maarten:

    We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation.

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