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Definition 1: joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for stifle in the sense of this definition

(stifle is a kind of ...) (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)

(... is part of stifle) the back limb of a quadruped

Definition 2: suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity - [verb of change]

Samples where stifle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Stifle your curiosity

Synonyms for stifle in the sense of this definition

(stifle is a kind of ...) consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

"suppress a smile" "he let his anger bottle up until he exploded"

(... is a kind of stifle ) suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of

"His job suffocated him"

Definition 3: be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen - [verb of change]

Samples where stifle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The child suffocated under the pillow

Synonyms for stifle in the sense of this definition

(stifle is a kind of ...) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

"She died from cancer" "The children perished in the fire" "The patient went peacefully" "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

(... is a kind of stifle ) die from strangulation

(stifle has a similar meaning as ...) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

"Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow" "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

Definition 4: suppress in order to conceal or hide - [verb of contact]

Samples where stifle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • smother a yawn
  • muffle one's anger
  • strangle a laugh
  • repress a cry of fear

Synonyms for stifle in the sense of this definition

(stifle is a kind of ...) consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

"suppress a smile" "he let his anger bottle up until he exploded"

Definition 5: impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of - [verb of contact]

Samples where stifle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The foul air was slowly suffocating the children

Synonyms for stifle in the sense of this definition

(stifle is a kind of ...) block passage through

"obstruct the path"

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