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verb smoke pronunciation in British English /sməʊk/
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 to the garage, the engine was smoking alarmingly.

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