Meaning of STIFLE in English

STIFLE

(~s, stifling, ~d)

1.

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

Critics have accused the US of trying to ~ debate.

= repress

VERB: V n disapproval

2.

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

She makes no attempt to ~ a yawn...

= suppress

VERB: V n

3.

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

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

= suppress

VERB: V n

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