stifle

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

suffocate or suppress something

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stifle - suppress

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The word ‘stifle’ is used to express smothering or repressing something in both a literal and figurative way. Literally, something ‘stifling’ stops you from breathing comfortably. Figuratively, it is used to express stopping something from happening or developing, or a feeling from being expressed. Its versatility means that it is common in both a professional and social context.

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Synonyms suffocate
Antonyms amplify,embolden

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  1. The lecture was so boring that I found myself having to stifle a yawn on a few occasions.

  2. I really struggled for breath in that stifling heat. It was extremely oppressive.

  3. The stringent rules and regulations this company has in place only serves to stifle innovation and free-thinking.

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