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Definition of cushion verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cushion

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1cushion something to make the effect of a fall or hit less severe My fall was cushioned by the deep snow.
  2. 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. 3[usually passive] cushion something to make something soft with a cushion
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cuissin, based on a Latin word meaning ‘cushion for the hip’, from coxa ‘hip, thigh’. The Romans also had a word cubital ‘elbow cushion’, from cubitus ‘elbow’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cushion