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

Translation of smother in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (stifle)
    Example sentences
    • Without even asking Desdemona if it is true or not, Othello kills her by smothering her.
    • He told the trial at Reading Crown Court he could find ‘no clear evidence’ to suggest that any of Patel's three babies had been smothered or deliberately suffocated.
    • It was claimed she had smothered baby Christopher at the family's home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and either did the same to Harry or shook him to death.
    Example sentences
    • Extinguish or smother the fire on the drapes with wet towels and water.
    • But once we got some foam to cover the bulk of the fire and smother the flames we were able to bring it under control much quicker.
    • One way to smother a small fire is to cover it with a heavy blanket.
  • 2 (suppress)
    echar tierra sobre
    all opposition was smothered by the regime
    el régimen acalló toda oposición
    he tried to smother his anger
    trató de contenerse or dominarse
    Example sentences
    • I had realized he was special then, but I smothered the feeling.
    • Maybe trying to smother your feelings right now is not the healthiest thing for you.
    • ‘the state can sometimes become part of the problem, by smothering the enthusiasm of its citizens’.
  • 3 (cover profusely)to smother somebody/something with/in somethingthey smothered us with kindness
    nos colmaron de atenciones
    she smothered him with kisses he smothers everything in tomato sauce
    todo lo come bañado en salsa de tomate
    Example sentences
    • David lowered his mouth onto Trixie's, then smothered her entire face with kisses.
    • When I was asked to cover a Territorial Army competition I jumped at the chance of donning Army fatigues and smothering my face in camouflage paint.
    • In July, crews fighting a blaze in a three-acre manure lagoon at a dairy farm in Washington smothered the flames with more of the same - a blanket of wet cow manure.

intransitive verb

  • (person)
    the baby smothered (to death)
    el niño murió asfixiado
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