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smotherverb [T]

us   /ˈsmʌð·ər/
  • smother verb [T] (PREVENT BREATHING)

to prevent a person or animal from getting oxygen: Several animals were smothered by smoke from the fire.
To smother someone is to kill someone by covering the person’s face, making it impossible to breathe.
  • smother verb [T] (COVER)

to cover most or all of a surface: The pasta was smothered with a creamy sauce.
  • smother verb [T] (STOP FIRE)

to stop a fire from burning by covering it with something that prevents air from reaching it: Firefighters smothered the blaze with chemical foam.
  • smother verb [T] (GIVE LOVE)

to give someone you love too much attention and make the person feel less independent: He felt smothered by her love.
(Definition of smother from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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smotherverb [T]

uk   /ˈsmʌð.ər/ us   /ˈsmʌð.ɚ/
  • smother verb [T] (COVER)

to kill someone by covering their face so that they cannot breathe: They threatened to smother the animals with plastic bags.
to kill something by covering it and preventing it from receiving the substances and conditions it needs for life: Snow soon smothered the last of the blooms.figurative I tried desperately to smother a sneeze (= I tried not to sneeze) during his speech.
to stop a fire from burning by covering it with something that prevents air from reaching it: I threw a blanket over the stove to smother the flames.
(Definition of smother from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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