Meaning of “smoking” in the English Dictionary

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"smoking" in British English

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smokingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsməʊ.kɪŋ/ us /ˈsmoʊ.kɪŋ/

A1 the action of smoking a cigarette, pipe, etc., or the activity of doing this regularly:

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in this theatre.
The nicotine patches are designed to help people give up/quit/stop smoking.
Cigarette smoking kills thousands of people every year.
No smoking, please.
20 years ago, a lot of restaurants didn't even have no- / non-smoking areas.

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(Definition of “smoking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smoking" in American English

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smokingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈsmoʊ·kɪŋ/

the action or activity of smoking:

Smoking is not permitted.

(Definition of “smoking” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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