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smother

verb [T]  /ˈsmʌð·ər/ us  

smother verb [T] (PREVENT BREATHING)

to prevent a person or animal from getting oxygen: Several animals were smothered by smoke from the fire. To smother someone is to kill someone by covering the person’s face, making it impossible to breathe.

smother verb [T] (COVER)

to cover most or all of a surface: The pasta was smothered with a creamy sauce.

smother verb [T] (STOP FIRE)

to stop a fire from burning by covering it with something that prevents air from reaching it: Firefighters smothered the blaze with chemical foam.

smother verb [T] (GIVE LOVE)

to give someone you love too much attention and make the person feel less independent: He felt smothered by her love.
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