Meaning of asphyxiate

as•phyx•i•ate

Pronunciation: (as-fik'sē-āt"), [key]
— v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
—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; smother.
—v.i.
  1. to become asphyxiated.
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