asphyxiate

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as·phyx·i·ate / asˈfiksēˌāt/ • v. [tr.] (usu. be asphyxiated) kill (someone) by depriving them of air. ∎  [intr.] die in this way: they slowly asphyxiated.DERIVATIVES: as·phyx·i·a·tion / asˌfiksēˈāshən/ n.