stifle-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: supress

I stifled a laugh.
Why did the company stifle that promising new drug?
Their rules are stifling my personality.

VerbNet: subjugate-42.3
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: stifle.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: (cause to) suffocate

The children are stifling in this foul air.
They (I say, whether first stifling her, or else strangling her) afterwards flung her down a pair of stairs.

VerbNet: suffocate-40.7
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4