English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'suffocate'

(verb) 
Definition
to kill or die through lack of oxygen, such as by blockage of the air passage
They were suffocated as they slept.
Synonyms
choke
Dense smoke swirled and billowed, its fumes choking her.
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smother
They worried he'd be smothered by his pillow.
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asphyxiate
Three people were asphyxiated in the crush.
(verb) 
Definition
to kill or die through lack of oxygen, such as by blockage of the air passage
He either suffocated, or froze to death.
Synonyms
be choked
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be stifled
,
be smothered
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be asphyxiated
(verb) 
Definition
to feel uncomfortable from heat and lack of air
That's better. I was suffocating in that cell of a room.
Synonyms
be short of air
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boil (informal)
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swelter
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be too hot
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struggle for air
(verb) 
After a few weeks with her parents, she felt she was suffocating.
Synonyms
be short of air

Additional synonyms

in the sense of asphyxiate
Definition
to smother or suffocate
Three people were asphyxiated in the crush.
Synonyms
in the sense of smother
Definition
to suffocate
They worried he'd be smothered by his pillow.
in the sense of stifle
Definition
to kill (someone) by preventing him or her from breathing

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