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Pronunciation: /ˈsmʌðər; ˈsmʌðə(r)/

Translation of smother in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (stifle) [person] asfixiar, ahogar*; [flames] sofocar*, extinguir*, apagar*
    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
    • But regardless, now Olivia feels smothered by the overly protective nature of her father's attentions.
    • How I am supposed to suppress my overwhelming urge to smother every guy I become involved with?
    • Darnell's sultriness is smothering and disturbing, elemental in the manner of King Vidor heroines.
    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.
    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’.
    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.
    1.2 (suppress) [report] silenciar, echar tierra sobre; [fear/jealousy] dominar, reprimir; [doubts] acallar; [yawn/giggle] reprimir, contener* all opposition was smothered by the regime el régimen acalló toda oposición he tried to smother his anger trató de contenerse or dominarse 1.3 (cover profusely)to smother sb/sth with/in sth they smothered us with kindness nos colmaron de atenciones she smothered him with kisses lo cubrió de besos he smothers everything in tomato sauce todo lo come bañado en salsa de tomate

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [person] asfixiarse, ahogarse* the baby smothered (to death) el niño murió asfixiado

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