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Definition of smother verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smother
    he / she / it smothers
    past simple smothered
    -ing form smothering
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  1. 1smother somebody (with something) to kill someone by covering their face so that they cannot breathe synonym suffocate He smothered the baby with a pillow. to be smothered to death
  2. 2smother something/somebody with/in something to cover something or someone thickly or with too much of something a rich dessert smothered in cream She smothered him with kisses.
  3. 3smother something to prevent something from developing or being expressed synonym stifle to smother a yawn/giggle/grin The voices of the opposition were effectively smothered.
  4. 4smother somebody to give someone too much love or protection so that they feel restricted Her husband was very loving, but she felt smothered.
  5. 5smother something to make a fire stop burning by covering it with something He tried to smother the flames with a blanket.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: smother