asphyxiates, asphyxiating, asphyxiated
VERB: usu passive
If someone is asphyxiated, they die or lose consciousness because they are unable to breathe properly.

[be V-ed] Three people were asphyxiated in the crush for last week's train...

[V-ed] John Doe died in his bath, asphyxiated by the fumes from a gas water-heater.

Derived words:
asphyxiation [[t]æsfɪ̱ksie͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

A post mortem examination found that she died from asphyxiation.

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  • Asphyxiate — As*phyx i*ate, v. t. To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. Note: [Used commonly in the past pple.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • asphyxiate — 1818, to suffocate (someone or something), from ASPHYXIA (Cf. asphyxia) + ATE (Cf. ate) (2). Related: Asphyxiated; asphyxiating …   Etymology dictionary

  • asphyxiate — *suffocate, stifle, smother, choke, strangle, throttle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • asphyxiate — [v] cut off air choke, drown, smother, stifle, strangle, strangulate, suffocate; concepts 121,246 Ant. breathe, loosen …   New thesaurus

  • asphyxiate — ► VERB ▪ kill or be killed by asphyxia; suffocate. DERIVATIVES asphyxiation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • asphyxiate — [as fik′sē āt΄] vt. asphyxiated, asphyxiating 1. to cause asphyxia in 2. to suffocate vi. to undergo asphyxia asphyxiation n. asphyxiator n …   English World dictionary

  • asphyxiate — UK [æsˈfɪksɪˌeɪt] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms asphyxiate : present tense I/you/we/they asphyxiate he/she/it asphyxiates present participle asphyxiating past tense asphyxiated past participle asphyxiated to kill someone by… …   English dictionary

  • asphyxiate — verb ( ated; ating) Date: 1836 transitive verb to cause asphyxia in intransitive verb to become asphyxiated • asphyxiation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • asphyxiate — asphyxiation, n. asphyxiator, n. /as fik see ayt /, v., asphyxiated, asphyxiating. v.t. 1. to produce asphyxia in. 2. to cause to die or lose consciousness by impairing normal breathing, as by gas or other noxious agents; choke; suffocate;… …   Universalium

  • asphyxiate — verb a) To smother or suffocate someone. b) To be smothered or suffocated. See Also: asphyxia …   Wiktionary

  • asphyxiate — To induce asphyxia. * * * as·phyx·i·ate sē .āt vb, at·ed; at·ing vt to cause asphyxia in also to kill or make unconscious through inadequate oxygen, presence of noxious agents, or other obstruction to normal breathing vi to become asphyxiated… …   Medical dictionary

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