suffocate

suffocate
verb
1 (I, T) to die or make someone die by preventing them from breathing: She rolled onto her baby and actually suffocated it!
2 be suffocating to feel uncomfortable because there is not enough fresh air: Can you open a window? I'm suffocating.
3 (T) to prevent a relationship, plan, business etc from developing well or being successful: Jealousy can suffocate any relationship.
— suffocation noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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