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smother

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈsmʌðər/
KILL to kill someone by covering their face with something so that they cannot breatheCovering and adding layersMurder and attempted murderKillingKillingMurder and attempted murder
LOVE to give someone too much love and attention so that they feel they have lost their freedom: I try not to smother him.Loving and in love
PREVENT to prevent something from happening: I tried to smother my cough.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
FIRE to make a fire stop burning by covering it with somethingCovering and adding layersStopping fires
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