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scream

verb uk   /skriːm/ us  

scream verb (MAKE NOISE)

B1 [I or T] to cry or say something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement, or anger: A spider landed on her pillow and she screamed. Through the smoke, the rescuers could hear people screaming for help. He was screaming in/with pain and begging for anaesthetic. They screamed with laughter at her jokes. Ken screamed (out) a warning telling people to get out of the way. Mrs Brown screamed (= shouted angrily) at Joel for dropping the test-tube. I've never found screaming (and shouting) (= shouting angrily) at my staff to be very effective. [+ speech] "I wish you were dead!" she screamed (= shouted angrily). I tried to apologize, but he just screamed abuse/obscenities at me. [I + adv/prep] If a vehicle screams, it moves very quickly making a loud high sound: The cars screamed round the bend/past the spectators. [I] to make a loud, high sound: The ambulance raced round the corner with its tyres screaming.
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scream verb (GET ATTENTION)

[I] ( also scream out) If a word or image screams (out), it gets attention because it is very big or easy to notice: "Latest Plane Disaster!" screamed the newspaper headlines the next day.

scream verb (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

[I] If you say that two colours are screaming at each other, you think that they do not look attractive or pleasant together: You can't wear that pink jacket with your orange skirt. They'll just scream at each other.

scream

noun [C] uk   /skriːm/ us  

scream noun [C] (NOISE)

B1 a loud, high sound you make when very frightened, excited, or angry: a scream of pain/rage/joy/laughter No one heard their screams. She let out a piercing/shrill scream.

scream noun [C] (FUN)

informal a person, thing, or situation that is very funny: Jane's such a scream - her jokes have me in stitches.
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