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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 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.
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cushion of air
a layer of air often used to support a machine or vehicle: A hovercraft travels 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 square bag filled with soft material, used as a movable part of a chair or sofa, for sitting on or resting your back against, or a similar but smaller bag 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 soft grass 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   /ˈkʊʃən/ us  
to make the effect or force of something less severe: For two years subsidies have cushioned the impact of accelerating inflation.cushion sb/sth against sth Governments can use fiscal policy to cushion the economy against future recessions.
cushion the blow
to make a bad situation less severe: Earnings expectations are worsening, but interest rates are not expected to fall to cushion the blow.

cushionnoun [C usually singular]

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