Stifle – meaning of the word and examples

To (cause to) be unable to breath because you have no air. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing. (Cambridge Dictionary)

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

If you stifle a yawn or laugh, you prevent yourself from yawning or laughing. (Collins Dictionary)

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

To withhold from circulation or expression. (Merriam – Webster)

To cut off (the voice, the breath, etc.) (Merriam – Webster)

Make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate. (Oxford Dictionaries)


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