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British English: /ˈsmʌðə/
American English: /ˈsməðər/

Translation of smother in German:

transitive verb

  • 1
    he was smothered by the avalanche
    er erstickte in der Lawine
  • 2
    (overwhelm) with, in mit
    smother somebody with kisses
    jemanden mit seinen Küssen [fast] ersticken
  • 4 [figurative] (suppress)
    (Kichern, Gähnen, Schluchzen, Tatsachen, Wahrheit)
    (Kritik, Gerücht, Schluchzen, Gelächter, Schreie)
  • 5 (American English)
    (defeat quickly) (Feind, Gegner)
  • 6 (cover entirely) See examples:smother something in something
    etwas mit etwas bedecken
    smothered in dust/dirt
    voller Staub/Schmutz
    strawberries smothered in or with cream
    Erdbeeren mit reichlich [flüssiger] Sahne

intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

smother up

transitive verb
(Verbrechen, Skandal)
(Gerücht, Wahrheit, Vorschlag)

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