Meaning of STIFLE in English

STIFLE

v.

Function: verb

Inflected Form: sti · fled ; sti · fling \ -f( ə -)li ŋ \

Etymology: alteration of Middle English stuflen

Date: 1513

transitive verb

1 a : to kill by depriving of oxygen : SUFFOCATE b (1) : SMOTHER (2) : MUFFLE

2 a : to cut off (as the voice or breath) b : to withhold from circulation or expression : REPRESS < stifled our anger> c : DETER , DISCOURAGE

intransitive verb : to become suffocated by or as if by lack of oxygen : SMOTHER < stifling in the heat>

– sti · fler \ -f( ə -)l ə r \ noun

– sti · fling · ly \ -f( ə -)li ŋ -l ē \ adverb

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