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English definition of “smother”

smother

verb [T] (NOT DEVELOP)    /ˈsmʌð.ər/ US  //
to prevent something from developing or growing freely: The latest violence has smothered any remaining hopes for an early peace agreement.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting to give someone too much love and attention so that they do not feel independent or free: I think she broke off their engagement because she felt smothered by him.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and savingTreating someone well
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