lament definition, meaning - what is lament in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “lament”

See all translations

lament

verb [I or T] uk   us   /ləˈment/
to express sadness and feeling sorry about something: The poem opens by lamenting (over) the death of a young man. My grandmother, as usual, lamented the decline in moral standards in today's society. The late lamented (= dead and remembered with love) Frank Giotto used to live here.

lament

noun [C] uk   us   /ləˈment/ formal
a song, poem, or other piece of writing that expresses sadness about someone's death: The whole play can be interpreted as a lament for lost youth.
(Definition of lament from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lament?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “lament” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More