cough - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/kɒf/
present tense
I/you/we/theycough
he/she/itcoughs
present participlecoughing
past tensecoughed
past participlecoughed
  1. 1
    [intransitive]

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    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
     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.

      cough

      or

      cough up

      [transitive] to force something such as blood out of your lungs by coughing
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  2. 2
    [intransitive]

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    to make a sound like a cough

    The engine coughed into life.

phrasal verbs