cause somebody to be unable to breath
asphyxiate - choke
To ‘asphyxiate’ a person is to prevent them from breathing normally, often leading to death or a loss of consciousness. This can be caused by a variety of means, ranging from strangulation to noxious agents to something getting lodged in the windpipe. It is a formal word most commonly seen in written English, particularly medical or criminal reports.
The police stated that the man deliberately tried to asphyxiate his wife in the domestic dispute and charged him with attempted murder.
A number of people died in that house fire. The autopsy report ruled asphyxia from smoke inhalation as the official cause of death.
I was eating lunch when a piece of food got lodged in my throat. I would have died of asphyxiation had I not been able to remove it in time.