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coughverb [I]

uk   /kɒf/  us   /kɑːf/
B1 to ​forceair out of ​yourlungs through ​yourthroat with a ​short, ​loudsound: The ​smoke made me cough. I coughed all ​nightlong.
to make a ​sound like a cough: The ​carengine 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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(Definition of cough from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cough" in American English

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coughverb [I]

 us   /kɔf/
to ​forceair out of ​yourlungs through ​yourthroat with a ​short, ​loudsound, often ​unwillingly: The ​smoke from the ​bonfire made me cough. fig. The ​carengine coughed a few ​times, but wouldn’t ​start.

coughnoun [C]

 us   /kɔf/
an ​act of ​forcingair out of ​yourlungs through ​yourthroat with a ​short, ​loudsound, often ​unwillingly: a ​dry cough There are ​lots of coughs and ​colds going around this ​winter.
(Definition of cough from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cough”
in Korean 기침하다…
in Arabic يَسْعُل…
in Malaysian batuk…
in French tousser…
in Russian кашлять…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咳,咳嗽, 發出咳嗽般的聲音…
in Italian tossire…
in Turkish öksürmek/tıksırmak…
in Polish kaszleć…
in Spanish toser…
in Vietnamese ho…
in Portuguese tossir…
in Thai ไอ…
in German husten…
in Catalan tossir…
in Japanese (人)がせきをする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咳,咳嗽, 发出咳嗽般的声音…
in Indonesian batuk…
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