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"smoke" in British English

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uk   /sməʊk/  us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke noun (GREY GAS)

B1 [U] the ​grey, ​black, or ​whitemixture of ​gas and very ​smallpieces of ​carbon that is ​produced when something ​burns: cigarette smoke a ​tiny smoke-​filledroom The ​fireproduced a pall (= ​largemass) of smoke ​visible 20 ​miles away. Plumes of smoke billowed from the ​chimney. She ​leaned back ​thoughtfully and ​blew a ​puff of (= a ​smallamount of) smoke into the ​air.
go up in smoke
to be ​destroyed by ​burning: Because of the ​fire, hundreds of ​houses went up in smoke.
Something that goes up in smoke ​fails to ​produce the ​result that was ​wanted: When the ​business went ​bankrupt, 20 ​years of hard ​work went up in smoke.

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  • smoke noun (CIGARETTE)

[S] the ​act of smoking a ​cigarette: I really ​enjoy a smoke at the end of a ​meal.
[C] informal a ​cigarette: Would you ​buy me some smokes while you're out?
  • smoke noun (CITY)

the (big) smoke UK and Australian English informal
any ​largecity, ​especially London, Sydney, or Melbourne: He was a ​younglad of 16 when he first came to the ​big smoke.


uk   /sməʊk/  us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

A1 [I or T] to ​breathe smoke into the ​mouth and usually ​lungs from a ​cigarette, ​pipe, etc.: Do you ​mind if I smoke? I used to smoke a ​packet of ​cigarettes a ​day.

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  • smoke verb (GREY GAS)

[I] to ​produce smoke as a ​result of ​industrialactivity or of something such as an ​electricalfault: The ​skyline is ​dominated by smoking ​factorychimneys. Suddenly the TV went ​blank and ​started smoking.
  • smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[T] to ​preservemeat, ​fish, or ​cheese using smoke from ​burningwood: People in Egypt were ​salting, ​drying, and smoking ​fish and ​meat 6,000 ​years ago.
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(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smoke" in American English

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 us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke noun (CLOUDY AIR)

[U] a ​cloudygray or ​blackmixture of ​air and very ​smallpieces of ​carbonproduced by something that is ​burning: The ​buildingfilled with smoke. Nobody ​died in the ​fire, but three ​people were ​treated for smoke ​inhalation.
  • smoke noun (ACT OF SMOKING)

[C] an ​act of smoking


 us   /smoʊk/
  • smoke verb (BREATHE SMOKE)

[I/T] to ​breathe smoke into the ​mouth or ​lungs from ​burningtobacco
  • smoke verb (PRESERVE)

[T] to ​preserve and ​add a ​smokyflavor to ​meat, ​fish, or ​cheese using smoke from ​burningwood: They smoke the ​fish over ​woodchips.
  • smoke verb (PRODUCE SMOKE)

[I] to ​produce or give off smoke: The ​oil in the ​fryingpanstarted smoking.
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(Definition of smoke from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smoke”
in Korean 연기…
in Arabic دُخّان…
in Malaysian mengasapi…
in French fumer…
in Russian дым, курение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 灰色氣體, (燃燒所産生的)煙,煙霧…
in Italian fumo…
in Turkish duman, sigara içen…
in Polish dym, papieros, dymek…
in Spanish ahumar…
in Vietnamese hun khói…
in Portuguese fumaça…
in Thai รมควัน…
in German räuchern…
in Catalan fum…
in Japanese 煙…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灰色气体, (燃烧所产生的)烟,烟雾…
in Indonesian mengasapi…
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