When someone is suffocated, they are unable to breathe. This can be caused by a lot of different things, from being trapped in a small space to being sealed inside a container.

  • She was suffocated when the door was closed behind her.

  • The gas was so strong that it suffocated everyone in the room.

Definition of suffocated


To suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.


To die due to, or kill someone by means of, insufficient oxygen supply to the body.


To overwhelm, or be overwhelmed (by a person or issue), as though with oxygen deprivation.


To destroy; to extinguish.


Having died as a result of suffocation.

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Example Sentences for suffocated

  • 1

    Most of the deaths were from suffocation or burns.

  • 2

    The cause of Danielle's death was very likely suffocation or smothering.

  • 3

    Death occurs by suffocation as the larynx loses its rigidity and collapses.

  • 4

    The short trip becomes interminable as the men slowly suffocate to death.

  • 5

    The initial cause of death for all three has been attributed to suffocation.

  • 6

    Others suffocated in the mayhem.

  • 7

    The soldier suffocates the baby.

  • 8

    The trapped crewmen died of suffocation.

  • 9

    They can desiccate and will eventually suffocate.

  • 10

    Albert died of suffocation during the flight.