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English definition of “wail”

wail

verb    /weɪl/
to make a long, high cry, usually because of pain or sadness, or to make a sound like this: [I] The four babies were wailing in unison. [I] Air-raid sirens wailed. [+ that clause] fig. Investors wailed (= complained) that interest rates were skyrocketing. wail    /weɪl/ noun [C] The wail of the siren woke me up.
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