- 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 somebody/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). Homeowners will be cushioned from any tax rises.
- 3[usually passive] cushion something to make something soft with a cushion Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cuissin, based on a Latin word meaning
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cushion
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃn//he / she / it cushions
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃnz//past simple cushioned
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃnd//past participle cushioned
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃnd//-ing form cushioning
BrE BrE//ˈkʊʃnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊʃnɪŋ//