Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
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.
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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.