Meaning of STIFLE in English

STIFLE

sti ‧ fle /ˈstaɪf ə l/ BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: Probably from Old French estouffer 'to stifle' ]

1 . [transitive] to stop something from happening or developing OPP encourage :

rules and regulations that stifle innovation

How can this party stifle debate on such a crucial issue?

2 . [transitive] to stop a feeling from being expressed:

He stifled an urge to hit her.

stifle a yawn/smile/grin etc

I tried to stifle my laughter.

3 . [intransitive, transitive usually passive] if you are stifled by something, it stops you breathing comfortably ⇨ suffocate :

He was almost stifled by the fumes.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.