Meaning of STIFLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ staɪf(ə)l ]

( stifles, stifling, stifled)


If someone stifles something you consider to be a good thing, they prevent it from continuing.

Critics have accused the US of trying to stifle debate.

= repress

VERB : V n [ disapproval ]


If you stifle a yawn or laugh, you prevent yourself from yawning or laughing.

She makes no attempt to stifle a yawn...

= suppress

VERB : V n


If you stifle your natural feelings or behaviour, you prevent yourself from having those feelings or behaving in that way.

It is best to stifle curiosity and leave birds’ nests alone...

= suppress

VERB : V n

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