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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


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


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


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