One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she suffocated her victim after a furious row’
smother, asphyxiate, stifle
strangle, throttle, strangulate
2‘two people suffocated in the crowd’
be smothered, asphyxiate, be stifled
3‘she felt as though she was suffocating in the heat’
be breathless, be short of air, struggle for air
be too hot, swelter
informal roast, bake, boil
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