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smoke

noun  /smoʊk/ us  

smoke noun (CLOUDY AIR)

[U] a cloudy gray or black mixture of air and very small pieces of carbon produced by something that is burning: The building filled with smoke. Nobody died in the fire, but three people were treated for smoke inhalation.

smoke noun (ACT OF SMOKING)

[C] an act of smoking

smoke

verb  /smoʊk/ us  

smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

[I/T] to breathe smoke into the mouth or lungs from burning tobacco

smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[T] to preserve and add a smoky flavor to meat, fish, or cheese using smoke from burning wood: They smoke the fish over wood chips.

smoke verb (PRODUCE SMOKE)

[I] to produce or give off smoke: The oil in the frying pan started smoking.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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