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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.
    a garden smothered with weeds
    smother someone with kisses: Linda smothered the child with kisses.
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  2. 4
    to express your love for someone too much
    He accused his mother of smothering him as a child.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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