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coughverb [I]

us   /kɔf/
to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound, often unwillingly: The smoke from the bonfire made me cough. fig. The car engine coughed a few times, but wouldn’t start.

coughnoun [C]

us   /kɔf/
an act of forcing air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound, often unwillingly: a dry cough There are lots of coughs and colds going around this winter.
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coughverb [I]

uk   /kɒf/ us   /kɑːf/
B1 to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound: The smoke made me cough. I coughed all night long.
to make a sound like a cough: The car engine coughed a few times, but wouldn't start.

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coughnoun [C]

uk   /kɒf/ us   /kɑːf/
B1 the act of coughing, or the sound this makes: a dry cough (= one that does not produce mucus) a hacking (= very bad and loud) cough
an illness that makes you cough a lot: a smoker's cough Emily has a very bad/nasty cough.

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(Definition of cough from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cough”
in Korean 기침하다…
in Arabic يَسْعُل…
in Malaysian batuk…
in French tousser…
in Russian кашлять…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咳,咳嗽, 發出咳嗽般的聲音…
in Italian tossire…
in Turkish öksürmek/tıksırmak…
in Polish kaszleć…
in Spanish toser…
in Vietnamese ho…
in Portuguese tossir…
in Thai ไอ…
in German husten…
in Catalan tossir…
in Japanese (人)がせきをする…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咳,咳嗽, 发出咳嗽般的声音…
in Indonesian batuk…
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