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verb [transitive] smother pronunciation in British English /ˈsmʌðə(r)/
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present tense
present participlesmothering
past tensesmothered
past participlesmothered
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  1. 1
    to cover someone or something completely

    The meat was smothered in thick sauce.

    smother someone with kisses:

    Linda smothered the child with kisses.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to put out a fire by covering it
  2. 2
    to kill someone by covering their face until they stop breathing
  3. 4
    to express your love for someone too much

    He accused his mother of smothering him as a child.


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