Synonyms for suffocate

Synonyms for (verb) suffocate

Synonyms: choke, gag, suffocate, strangle

Definition: struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

Usage: he swallowed a fishbone and gagged

Similar words: hurt, suffer

Definition: feel pain or be in pain


Synonyms: suffocate

Definition: feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air

Usage: The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating

Similar words: feel

Definition: be conscious of a physical, mental, or emotional state

Usage: My cold is gone--I feel fine today; She felt tired after the long hike; She felt sad after her loss


Synonyms: stifle, suffocate, asphyxiate

Definition: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen

Usage: The child suffocated under the pillow

Similar words: snuff it, buy the farm, choke, cash in one's chips, pop off, kick the bucket, give-up the ghost, go, pass, pass away, perish, die, decease, conk, drop dead, croak, exit, expire

Definition: pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

Usage: She died from cancer; The children perished in the fire; The patient went peacefully; The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102


Synonyms: suffocate, choke

Definition: suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

Usage: His job suffocated him

Similar words: dampen, stifle

Definition: smother or suppress

Usage: Stifle your curiosity


Synonyms: choke, suffocate

Definition: become stultified, suppressed, or stifled

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

Similar words: become, turn

Definition: undergo a change or development

Usage: The water turned into ice; Her former friend became her worst enemy; He turned traitor


Synonyms: choke, stifle, suffocate, asphyxiate

Definition: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of

Usage: The foul air was slowly suffocating the children

Similar words: jam, close up, block, impede, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Definition: block passage through

Usage: obstruct the path


Synonyms: smother, asphyxiate, suffocate

Definition: deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

Usage: Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow; The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor

Similar words: kill

Definition: cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

Usage: This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank; The farmer killed a pig for the holidays