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Definition of cough noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an act or a sound of coughing She gave a little cough to attract my attention.
  2. 2an illness or infection that makes you cough often to have a dry/persistent/hacking cough My cold's better, but I can't seem to shake off this cough. see also whooping cough
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cough