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verb smoke pronunciation in American English /smoʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesmoking
past tensesmoked
past participlesmoked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to suck smoke from a cigarette, pipe, etc. into your mouth and lungs

    Phil was reading the paper and smoking a cigarette.

    1. a.
      to smoke cigarettes as a regular habit

      I didn’t know you smoked!

      She smokes about 20 a day.

      smoke heavily:

      Jane started smoking heavily as her job became more stressful.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] [usually progressive] to produce smoke

    By the time I got home, the engine was smoking badly.

    1. a.
      if a fire smokes, it produces a lot of smoke
  3. 3
    [transitive] to preserve and give flavor to fish or other food by hanging it in smoke
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