Expressing expressions!

stifle
(v)
STY-fǝl
Meaning

1. press down; repress; prevent from freely developing

1st Sample Sentence

1. When he told her that he couldn't marry her because she was too bold, she could barely stifle her laughter.

2nd Meaning

2. inhibit

2nd Sample Sentence

2. Parents may stifle their children's budding talents if they do not encourage them.

Synonyms

sap, stifle, suppress

Antonyms

foster

Mnemonics

stifle is similar to Stifler (American pie series). Imagine a person who supresses and bosses around his fellow people.

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