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English definition of “cough”

cough

verb [I] uk   /kɒf/ us    /kɑːf/
B1 to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound: The smoke made me cough. I coughed all night long. to make a sound like a cough: The car engine coughed a few times, but wouldn't start.

cough

noun [C] uk   /kɒf/ us    /kɑːf/
B1 the act of coughing, or the sound this makes: a dry cough (= one that does not produce mucus) a hacking (= very bad and loud) cough an illness that makes you cough a lot: a smoker's cough Emily has a very bad/nasty cough.
(Definition of cough from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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