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groan

noun [C] uk   /ɡrəʊn/ us    /ɡroʊn/
C2 a deep, long sound showing great pain or unhappiness: We could hear the groans of the wounded soldiers.Sounds made by humans with their mouthsSadness and regretPain and painful a complaining noise or phrase: He looked at the piles of dirty dishes and gave a groan of dismay.ComplainingSounds made by humans with their mouths

groan

verb [I] uk   /ɡrəʊn/ us    /ɡroʊn/
C2 to make a deep long sound showing great pain or unhappiness: He collapsed, groaning with pain. [+ speech] "Not again," he groaned (= said in a low unhappy voice).Sounds made by humans with their mouthsSadness and regretPain and painful to complain or speak unhappily: She's always moaning and groaning (= complaining a lot) about the weather.Complaining
(Definition of groan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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