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English definition of “cough”

cough

verb [I]  /kɔf/ us  
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]  /kɔf/ us  
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.
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