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smother

smoth·er

smother

 
pronunciation:
smuh thr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: smothered, smothering, smothers
definition 1: to stifle or kill by depriving of air; suffocate.
The killer smothered the woman with a pillow.
synonyms:
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
similar words:
choke
definition 2: to put out or extinguish (a fire or burning coals) by covering.
We smothered the fire with moist dirt.
antonyms:
kindle
similar words:
damp, extinguish, quench, snuff out
definition 3: to cover (food) completely and thickly.
The pork chops were smothered in onions.
similar words:
cover, envelop
definition 4: to overwhelm or stifle with care, affection, or the like.
He had been smothered as a child and rebelled when he became a teenager.
synonyms:
overwhelm
similar words:
overprotect, shower
definition 5: to suppress or cover up.
She smothered her disappointment when the job assignments were announced.We had to smother our fear for the sake of the children.
synonyms:
repress, restrain, stifle, suppress
similar words:
conceal, quash, quell, silence
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be overcome or die from lack of air; suffocate.
The occupants of the house smothered from the smoke.
synonyms:
suffocate
similar words:
asphyxiate, choke, stifle
definition 2: to be overwhelmed by or suffer from too much attention, love, or the like.
The child was smothering in all the affection.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: something that covers or suffocates, such as thick smoke or fog.
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