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Definition of cough verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    cough

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//kɔf//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cough
     
    he / she / it coughs
     
    past simple coughed
     
    -ing form coughing
     
     
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  1. 1 [intransitive] to force out air suddenly and noisily through your throat, for example when you have a cold I couldn't stop coughing. to cough nervously/politely/discreetly
  2. 2[transitive] cough something (up) to force something out of your throat or lungs by coughing Sometimes she coughed (up) blood.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of an engine) to make a sudden unpleasant noise The old engine coughed and spluttered into life.
  4. Phrasal Verbscough up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cough