how to pronounce suffocate


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suffocate is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of suffocate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… afraid she might suffocate or roll off …”

meanings of suffocate


  1. To die due to, or kill someone by means of, insufficient oxygen supply to the body.
  2. To destroy; to extinguish.
  3. To overwhelm, or be overwhelmed (by a person or issue), as though with oxygen deprivation.
  4. To suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.


  1. Suffocated; choked.

suffocate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word suffocate occurs in english on average 0.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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