To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child.
- To suffocate (another).
- To deprive (a fire) of the oxygen necessary for combustion.
- To conceal, suppress, or hide: Management smothered the true facts of the case. We smothered our indignation and pressed onward.
- To cover thickly: smother chicken in sauce.
- To lavish a surfeit of a given emotion on (someone): The grandparents smothered the child with affection.
- To suffocate.
- To be extinguished.
- To be concealed or suppressed.
- To be surfeited with an emotion.
- Something, such as a dense cloud of smoke or dust, that smothers or tends to smother.