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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to become suffocated)
a. to asphyxiate
El niño que estaba encerrado en el coche bajo los rayos del sol se estaba asfixiando.The child locked inside the car in the hot sun was asphyxiating.
b. to suffocate
¿Puedes abrir la ventana? Somos muchos y estamos asfixiándonos.Can you open the window? There are too many of us in here and we're suffocating.
2. (to be overwhelmed)
a. to suffocate
El rey se asfixiaba con la presión que ejercían los señores feudales.The king suffocated under the pressure of the feudal lords.
b. to feel stifled
Me arrepiento de haber aceptado tanto trabajo. Estoy empezando a asfixiarme.I regret accepting too much work. I'm starting to feel stifled.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to smother)
a. to asphyxiate
El asesino le colocó una bolsa en la cabeza y lo asfixió.The murderer put a bag over his head and asphyxiated him.
b. to suffocate
Julián logró salir del edificio en llamas antes de que el humo lo asfixiara.Julian managed to escaped the burning building before the smoke suffocated him.
4. (to overwhelm)
a. to suffocate
Mis padres me asfixian con sus reglas estrictas.My parents suffocate me with their strict rules.
b. to stifle
Sentí que la tristeza me asfixiaba tanto que no pude salir de la cama.I felt that my sadness had stifled me so much that I couldn't get out of bed.
5. (to hinder)
a. to strangle
Los altos impuestos a las exportaciones asfixiarion la industria local.The high taxes on exports strangled the local industry.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (ahogar)
a. to asphyxiate, to suffocate
2. (agobiar)
a. to overwhelm
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (ahogarse)
a. to asphyxiate, to suffocate
4. (agobiarse)
a. to be overwhelmed
¡aquí me asfixio!I'm suffocating in here!
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transitive verb
1 (ahogar) to suffocate; (Med) (Jur) to asphyxiate
asfixió a la víctima con un cojín he suffocated the victim with a cushion; se confirma que la víctima fue asfixiada it has been confirmed that the victim was suffocated o asphyxiated; este humo nos asfixia this smoke is asphyxiating o suffocating us; este calor seco me asfixia this dry heat is suffocating; los asfixiaron con gas tóxico they gassed them (to death); la asfixió bajo el agua he drowned her
2 (agobiar)
el pequeño pueblo la asfixiaba village life was suffocating o stifling her; tanto trabajo lo asfixia all this work is getting on top of him o getting to him o getting him down
tantos examenes me asfixian
los impuestos han asfixiado el comercio taxation has suffocated trade
el embargo económico asfixió al país
pronominal verb
1 (ahogarse) to suffocate; asphyxiate
me asfixio con tanto humo all this smoke is suffocating me; murieron asfixiados en el incendio they suffocated (to death) o asphyxiated in the fire
2 (agobiarse) to suffocate; feel stifled
nos asfixiamos viviendo en una comunidad tan cerrada
estar asfixiado (sin dinero) to be broke (familiar); (en aprieto) to be up the creek (muy_familiar); estoy asfixiado con tantos exámenes all these exams are getting on top of me
3 [+negocio, economía, empresario] to be strangled
este país se asfixia a causa del embargo this country is being strangled by the embargo
las empresas se asfixian con tantos impuestos
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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