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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to suppress)
a. sofocar
We must not stifle children's natural curiosity.No hay que sofocar la curiosidad natural de los niños.
b. reprimir
The protest was quickly stifled by riot police.La policía antidisturbios reprimió rápidamente la protesta.
c. suprimir
I think education stifles creativity.Creo que la enseñanza suprime la creatividad.
2. (to hold back)
a. reprimir
Why are you always so tired? Whenever I see you, you're stifling a yawn.¿Por qué siempre estás tan cansada? Cada vez que te veo, estás reprimiendo un bostezo.
b. contener
When one of her teachers showed up wearing odd shoes, Pauline stifled a giggle.Cuando llegó uno de sus profesores con dos zapatos distintos, Pauline contuvo una risa.
c. suprimir
Anthony tried to stifle a sneeze.Anthony intentó suprimir un estornudo.
d. ahogar
Amy stifled a groan when she heard her mother inviting Tom over.Amy ahogó un gemido cuando oyó a su madre invitar a casa a Tom.
3. (to cause respiratory difficulties in)
a. sofocar
Forest fires have been burning in the region for weeks, so you're stifled by smoke and ash if you go out.Hace semanas que por la región arden incendios forestales, así que el humo y la ceniza te sofocan si sales.
b. ahogar
Thick fog and traffic fumes are stifling people travelling to work this morning.Esta mañana, la densa niebla y la contaminación del tráfico ahogan a quienes van a sus lugares de trabajo.
4. (to extinguish)
a. sofocar
Moira turned off the stove and put a lid on the pan to stifle the flames.Moira apagó la cocina y cubrió la cacerola de una tapa para sofocar las llamas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to suffocate)
a. ahogarse
I feel that I'm stifling in this small, petty-minded community.Siento que me ahogo aquí en esta comunidad pequeña y mezquina.
b. sofocarse
Alice has gone out for a moment; she said she was stifling in the heat.Alice salió un momento; dijo que se sofocaba con el calor.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (person)
a. ahogar, asfixiar
2. (cries, yawn)
a. ahogar, reprimir
3. (rebellion)
a. sofocar
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stifle [ˈstaɪfl]
transitive verb
1 [+person] ahogar; sofocar
2 suprimir
to stifle a yawn contener un bostezo; to stifle opposition reprimir a la oposición
he accused the government of trying to stifle debate
intransitive verb
ahogarse; sofocarse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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