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English noun: smother

1. smother (state) a confused multitude of things


Synonymsclutter, fuddle, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, welter


Broader (hypernym)disorder, disorderliness


Narrower (hyponym)rummage

2. smother (phenomenon) a stifling cloud of smoke


Broader (hypernym)fume, smoke


English verb: smother

1. smother (contact) envelop completely


SamplesSmother the meat in gravy.


ExamplesThe wind storms smother the area with dust and dirt


Synonymssurround


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cover

2. smother (contact) deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing


SamplesOthello smothered Desdemona with a pillow.
The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor.


ExamplesThey want to smother the prisoners


Synonymsasphyxiate, suffocate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill


Entailcover


Verb groupasphyxiate, stifle, suffocate

3. smother (contact) conceal or hide


SamplesSmother a yawn.
Muffle one's anger.
Strangle a yawn.


Synonymsmuffle, repress, stifle, strangle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

4. smother (stative) form an impenetrable cover over


SamplesThe butter cream smothered the cake.


ExamplesDust and dirt smother the area


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover, spread over

5. smother (contact) deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion


SamplesSmother fires.


Synonymsput out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)extinguish, snuff out


Entailcover









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