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riot

noun uk   /ˈraɪ.ət/ us  
C1 [C] a noisy, violent, and uncontrolled public meeting: Inner-city riots erupted when a local man was shot by police. [S] old-fashioned informal a very funny or entertaining occasion or person: "How was the party?" "It was great - we had a riot." I met Mike's brother for the first time - he's a riot.
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verb [I] uk   /ˈraɪ.ət/ us  
C2 to take part in a riot: Students are rioting in the streets of the capital.
rioter
noun [C] uk   /ˈraɪ.ə.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
Police and rioters clashed violently.
rioting
noun [U] uk   /ˈraɪ.ə.tɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɪŋ/
The government is afraid of further serious rioting today.
Translations of “riot”
in Korean 폭동, 시위…
in Arabic شَغَب…
in French émeute…
in Turkish gösteri, kargaşa, ayaklanma…
in Italian rivolta, sommossa, disordine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 暴亂, 騷亂, 聚衆鬧事…
in Russian мятеж, беспорядки…
in Polish zamieszki, rozruchy…
in Spanish disturbio, motín…
in Portuguese motim…
in German der Aufruhr…
in Catalan disturbi…
in Japanese 暴動, 騒動…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暴乱, 骚乱, 聚众闹事…
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