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howl

verb uk   /haʊl/ us  

howl verb (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[I] If a dog or wolf howls, it makes a long, sad sound: In the silence of the night, a lone wolf howled. [I or T] to make a loud sound, usually to express pain, sadness, or another strong emotion: An injured dog lay in the middle of the road, howling with/in pain. We were howling with laughter. figurative The opposition howled down the government's proposal (= shouted loudly to express disapproval).

howl verb (WIND)

[I] If the wind howls, it blows hard and makes a lot of noise: Is there someone outside, or is it just the wind howling in the trees?

howl

noun uk   /haʊl/ us  
[C] a long, loud, sad sound: the howl of the wind in the trees He leaves his dog shut up in the house all day, and we can hear its howls. She let out a howl of pain. [C usually plural] a strong expression of emotion, such as anger or disagreement: Plans to build a new supermarket have been greeted with howls of protest from local residents.
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