- 1cushion something to make the effect of a fall or hit less severe My fall was cushioned by the deep snow.
- 2cushion somebody/something (against/from something) to protect someone or something from being hurt or damaged, or from the unpleasant effects of something The south of the country has been cushioned from the worst effects of the recession. He broke the news of my brother's death to me, making no effort to cushion the blow (= make the news less shocking).
- 3[usually passive] cushion something to make something soft with a cushion
NAmE//ˈkʊʃn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cushion
he / she / it cushions
past simple cushioned
-ing form cushioning