Meaning of “smother” - Learner’s Dictionary

smother

verb [ T ] uk us /ˈsmʌðər/
KILL

to kill someone by covering their face with something so that they cannot breathe

LOVE

to give someone too much love and attention so that they feel they have lost their freedom:

I try not to smother him.
PREVENT

to prevent something from happening:

I tried to smother my cough.
FIRE

to make a fire stop burning by covering it with something

(Definition of “smother” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)