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verb     cough pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecoughing
past tensecoughed
past participlecoughed
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect to force air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold or when you want to get someone’s attention
    1. a.



      cough up

      [transitive] to force something such as blood out of your lungs by coughing
  2. 2
    [intransitive]Sound effect to make a sound like a cough

    The engine coughed into life.

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