suffocate
verb.
deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow|The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor
verb.
impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
verb.
become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village
Synonym: choke
verb.
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
His job suffocated him
Synonym: choke
verb.
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
The child suffocated under the pillow
Synonym: asphyxiate, stifle
verb.
feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating
verb.
struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
he swallowed a fishbone and gagged
Synonym: choke, gag, strangle