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

     

    smother

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smother
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðər//
     
    he / she / it smothers
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərz//
     
    past simple smothered
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərd//
     
    past participle smothered
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərd//
     
    -ing form smothering
    BrE BrE//ˈsmʌðərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌðərɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1smother somebody (with something) to kill somebody 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/somebody thickly or with too much of something a rich dessert smothered in cream She smothered him with kisses. Try our rich orange sorbet smothered in fluffy whipped cream and nuts.
  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 somebody too much love or protection so that they feel restricted Her husband was very loving, but she felt smothered. See related entries: Love
  5. 5smother something to make a fire stop burning by covering it with something He tried to smother the flames with a blanket.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘stifling smoke’): from the base of Old English smorian ‘suffocate’.
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