to create to a situation of asphyxia to suffocate utilized frequently previously pple
- deprive of air and stop from respiration
- be asphyxiated; perish from not enough air
- impair the respiration of or obstruct the atmosphere passing of
- To bring to circumstances of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used frequently in the past pple.]
1818, "to suffocate" (some body or something like that), from asphyxia + -ate (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating.
(v. t.) To create to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used commonly before pple.]