Breathe vs Suffocate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between breathe and suffocate
is that breathe
is to draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases while suffocate
is (ergative) to suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.
As an adjective suffocate is
(obsolete) suffocated; choked.
To draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases.
To take in needed gases and expel waste gases in a similar way.
:Fish have gills so they can breathe underwater.
To use (a gas) to sustain life.
:While life as we know it depends on oxygen, scientists have speculated that alien life forms might breathe chlorine or methane.
Figuratively, to live.
:I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe .
*:I am in health, I breathe .
*(rfdate) Sir Walter Scott
*:Breathes there a man with soul so dead?
To draw something into the lungs.
:Try not to breathe too much smoke.
To expel air from the lungs, exhale.
:If you breathe on a mirror, it will fog up.
To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to emanate; to blow gently.
:The wind breathes through the trees.
*:The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
*:There breathes a living fragrance from the shore.
To give an impression of, to exude.
:The decor positively breathes classical elegance.
To whisper quietly.
:He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.
To exchange gases with the environment.
:Garments made of certain new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.
To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.
*:Thenne they lasshed to gyder many sad strokes / & tracyd and trauercyd now bakward / now sydelyng hurtlyng to gyders lyke two bores / & that same tyme they felle both grouelyng to the erthe / Thus they fought styll withoute ony reposynge two houres and neuer brethed
*:Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again!
To stop, to give (a horse) an opportunity to catch its breath.
:At higher altitudes you need to breathe your horse more often.
* (to draw air in and out) see
(ergative) To suffer, or cause someone to suffer, from severely reduced oxygen intake to the body.
(ergative) To die due to, or kill someone by means of, insufficient oxygen supply to the body.
- Open the hatch, he is suffocating in the airlock!
- He suffocated his wife by holding a pillow over her head.
(ergative, figuratively) To overwhelm, or be overwhelmed (by a person or issue), as though with oxygen deprivation.
- Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate .
To destroy; to extinguish.
- I'm suffocating under this huge workload.
- to suffocate fire
* (To suffer from reduced oxygen) asphyxiate
* (To die from insufficient oxygen) stifle
* (To be overwhelmed) drown
* (To reduce oxygen supply) asphyxiate, smother
* (To kill by deprivation of oxygen) asphyxiate, stifle
* (To make weary with contact) smother
(obsolete) Suffocated; choked.