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English definition of “smother”

smother

verb [T] (COVER)    /ˈsmʌð.ər/ US  //
to kill someone by covering their face so that they cannot breathe: They threatened to smother the animals with plastic bags.Murder and attempted murderKillingBreathing and stopping breathing to kill something by covering it and preventing it from receiving the substances and conditions it needs for life: Snow soon smothered the last of the blooms.figurative I tried desperately to smother a sneeze (= I tried not to sneeze) during his speech.KillingMurder and attempted murder to stop a fire from burning by covering it with something that prevents air from reaching it: I threw a blanket over the cooker to smother the flames.Stopping fires
(Definition of smother verb (COVER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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