- To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
- To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
- To cause discomfort to by or as if by cutting off the supply of fresh air.
- To suppress the development, imagination, or creativity of; stifle: "The rigid formality of the place suffocated her” ( Thackeray).
- To die from lack of air or oxygen; be asphyxiated.
- To feel discomfort from lack of fresh air.
- To become or feel suppressed; be stifled.