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coughverb [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.
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coughnoun [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.
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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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