What are some alternative words 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)

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

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

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