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Synonyms of 'smother'

(verb) 
Definition
to extinguish (a fire) by covering so as to cut it off from the air
They tried to smother the flames.
Synonyms
extinguish
It took about 50 minutes to extinguish the fire.
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put out
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stifle
Critics have accused them of trying to stifle debate.
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(verb) 
Definition
to suffocate
They worried he'd be smothered by his pillow.
Synonyms
suffocate
They were suffocated as they slept.
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choke
Dense smoke swirled and billowed, its fumes choking her.
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strangle
He was almost strangled by his parachute harness straps.
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(verb) 
Definition
to suppress or stifle
She tried to smother her feelings of panic.
Synonyms
suppress
Liz thought of Barry and suppressed a smile.
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stifle
She makes no attempt to stifle a yawn.
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repress
I couldn't repress a sigh of admiration.
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hide
I have absolutely nothing to hide, I have done nothing wrong.
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conceal
Robert could not conceal his relief.
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muffle
I held a handkerchief over my mouth to muffle my voice.
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keep back
(verb) 
Definition
to surround or overwhelm (with)
He smothered her with kisses.
Synonyms
overwhelm
The small Pacific island could be overwhelmed by rising sea levels.
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cover
He covered his head with a turban.
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shower
She showered gifts on us.
He showered her with emeralds and furs.
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surround
The church was surrounded by a rusted wrought-iron fence.
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shroud
Mist shrouded the outline of the palace.
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inundate
Her office was inundated with requests for tickets.
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envelop
the thick black cloud of smoke that enveloped the area
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cocoon
She lay on the sofa, cocooned in blankets.
(verb) 
Definition
to suppress or stifle
trying to smother our giggles
Synonyms
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hold in
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restrain
She was unable to restrain her desperate anger.
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hold back
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repress
People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
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bottle up
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keep in check
(verb) 
Definition
to cover over thickly
Luckily, it wasn't smothered in creamy sauce.
Synonyms
smear
Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.
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cover
She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
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spread
Spread the bread with the cream cheese.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of choke
Definition
to have trouble in breathing, swallowing, or speaking
Dense smoke swirled and billowed, its fumes choking her.
in the sense of cocoon
Definition
to wrap in or protect as if in a cocoon
She lay on the sofa, cocooned in blankets.
Synonyms
swaddle,
in the sense of conceal
Definition
to keep secret
Robert could not conceal his relief.
Synonyms
keep secret,
draw a veil over,
keep dark,
keep under your hat

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