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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To kill by depriving of air; suffocate. Also: Hold back; suppress.

Usage examples (38)
  • If [man] is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We...
  • stifle your curiosity
  • Moosa told journalists he believed the new policy, once implemented, would "stifle" the crime syndicates behind the poaching.
  • Upton said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed new regulations would "stifle" investment. for more
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