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cushion

noun [C] uk   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/ us  

cushion noun [C] (SOFT THING)

B1 a bag made of cloth, plastic, or leather that is filled with soft material, often has an attractive cover, and is used especially on chairs for sitting or leaning on: She sank back against/into the cushions.
See also
Cushions and furniture coverings
cushion of air a layer of air often used to support a machine or vehicle: A hovercraft travels on a cushion of air.Coverings and layers

cushion noun [C] (PROTECTION)

C2 something that makes the effects of a bad situation less severe: You should aim to build up a cushion of money in case of emergencies.

cushion

verb [T] uk   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/ us  
to make the effect or force of something softer: The soft grass cushioned his fall.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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