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"cushion" in British English

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cushionnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/  us   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/
  • cushion noun [C] (SOFT THING)

B1 (US also pillow) a ​bag made of ​cloth, ​plastic, or ​leather that is ​filled with ​softmaterial, often has an ​attractivecover, and is used ​especially on ​chairs for ​sitting or ​leaning on: She ​sank back against/into the cushions.
See also
cushion of air
a ​layer of ​air often used to ​support a ​machine or ​vehicle: A ​hovercrafttravels on a cushion of ​air.

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cushionverb [T]

uk   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/  us   /ˈkʊʃ.ən/
(Definition of cushion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cushion" in American English

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cushionnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkʊʃ·ən/
a ​large, usually ​squarebagfilled with ​softmaterial, used as a ​movablepart of a ​chair or ​sofa, for ​sitting on or ​restingyour back against, or a ​similar but ​smallerbag used to make yourself more ​comfortable while ​sitting: She ​sank back against the ​sofa cushions.

cushionverb [T]

 us   /ˈkʊʃ·ən/
to ​soften or ​protect someone or something from the ​effects of a ​fall, ​moving too ​quickly into something, ​sitting or ​lying on a hard ​object, etc.: The ​softgrass cushioned his ​fall (= made it ​hurt less).
(Definition of cushion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cushion" in Business English

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cushionverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkʊʃən/
to make the ​effect or ​force of something less severe: For two ​yearssubsidies have cushioned the ​impact of ​acceleratinginflation.cushion sb/sth against sth Governments can use ​fiscalpolicy to cushion the ​economy against future ​recessions.
cushion the blow
to make a ​badsituation less severe: Earnings ​expectations are worsening, but ​interestrates are not expected to ​fall to cushion the ​blow.

cushionnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈkʊʃən/
something that makes the ​effects of a ​badsituation less severe: You should ​aim to ​build up a cushion of three months' ​income in your ​savingsaccount, for ​emergencies.
(Definition of cushion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“cushion” in American English

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