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cough

verb [I]  us   /kɔf/
to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound, often unwillingly: The smoke from the bonfire made me cough. fig. The car engine coughed a few times, but wouldn’t start.

cough

noun [C]  us   /kɔf/
an act of forcing air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound, often unwillingly: a dry cough There are lots of coughs and colds going around this winter.
Translations of “cough”
in Arabic يَسْعُل…
in Korean 기침하다…
in Malaysian batuk…
in French tousser…
in Turkish öksürmek/tıksırmak…
in Italian tossire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咳,咳嗽, 發出咳嗽般的聲音…
in Russian кашлять…
in Polish kaszleć…
in Vietnamese ho…
in Spanish toser…
in Portuguese tossir…
in Thai ไอ…
in German husten…
in Catalan tossir…
in Japanese (人)がせきをする…
in Indonesian batuk…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咳,咳嗽, 发出咳嗽般的声音…
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