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1. stifle

verb. ['ˈstaɪfəl'] conceal or hide.

Synonyms

  • strangle
  • repress
  • subdue
  • conquer
  • muffle
  • suppress
  • inhibit
  • stamp down
  • smother

Antonyms

  • stay
  • enjoy
  • appear
  • keep down

Etymology

  • stiflen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • stífla (Old Norse)

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Words that Rhyme with Stifle

  • zweifel
  • trifle
  • rifle
  • reifel
  • pfeifle
  • eiffel

Example sentences of the word stifle


1. Verb, base form
Once this is done, using shade should help stifle any Bermuda that may be tempted to reemerge.

2. Noun, singular or mass
This allows the kneecap to move up and down when the knee, or stifle, bends.

3. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Avoid interrupting with counterarguments, which stifle conversation and can ruin trust.

4. Verb, past tense
But she doesn't let the pressure of the brand's growth stifle her creativity.

5. Adjective
Maintain a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch to help seal in moisture and stifle weed growth.

6. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
In other industries, however, skeptics worry that they stifle innovation and unfairly punish workers.

Quotes containing the word stifle


1. Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
- Flannery O'Connor

2. Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.
- Karl Lagerfeld

3. Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.
- Flannery O'Connor

2. stifle

verb. ['ˈstaɪfəl'] smother or suppress.

Synonyms

  • curb
  • subdue
  • choke
  • conquer
  • suppress
  • inhibit
  • dampen
  • suffocate

Antonyms

  • hop on
  • birth
  • arrive
  • start

Etymology

  • stiflen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • stífla (Old Norse)

3. stifle

noun. ['ˈstaɪfəl'] joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee.

Synonyms

  • joint
  • hind leg
  • articulatio
  • articulation

Antonyms

  • log in
  • dock
  • get on
  • come

Etymology

  • stiflen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • stífla (Old Norse)

4. stifle

verb. ['ˈstaɪfəl'] be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen.

Synonyms

  • exit
  • pop off
  • conk
  • suffocate
  • expire
  • die
  • pass
  • pass away
  • perish
  • smother
  • drop dead
  • croak
  • strangle
  • give-up the ghost
  • go
  • decease
  • asphyxiate
  • buy the farm
  • kick the bucket
  • cash in one's chips
  • choke

Antonyms

  • file in
  • enter
  • pop in
  • stand still

Etymology

  • stiflen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • stífla (Old Norse)

5. stifle

verb. ['ˈstaɪfəl'] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of.

Synonyms

  • impede
  • block
  • obturate
  • occlude
  • choke
  • jam
  • close up
  • asphyxiate
  • suffocate

Antonyms

  • uncover
  • be well
  • inhale
  • continue

Etymology

  • stiflen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • stífla (Old Norse)
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