WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
smoth•er /ˈsmʌðɚ/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to suffocate, as by smoke or lack of air: [+ object]He was smothered by the smoke.[no object]He'll smother under those blankets.
  2. [+ object] to extinguish or deaden (fire, etc.) by covering:to smother the fire with blankets.
  3. [+ object] to cover closely or thickly:to smother a steak with mushrooms.
  4. [+ object] to hold back; suppress or repress:to smother one's grief.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

smother /ˈsmʌðə/ vb
  1. to suffocate or stifle by cutting off or being cut off from the air
  2. (transitive) to surround (with) or envelop (in): he smothered her with love
  3. (transitive) to extinguish (a fire) by covering so as to cut it off from the air
  4. to be or cause to be suppressed or stifled: smother a giggle
  5. (transitive) to cook or serve (food) thickly covered with sauce, etc
n
  1. anything, such as a cloud of smoke, that stifles
  2. a profusion or turmoil
Etymology: Old English smorian to suffocate; related to Middle Low German smōren

ˈsmothery adj



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