howl Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"howl" in British English

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howlverb

uk   us   /haʊl/

howl verb (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[I] If a ​dog or wolf howls, it makes a ​long, ​sadsound: In the ​silence of the ​night, a ​lone wolf howled. [I or T] to make a ​loudsound, usually to ​expresspain, ​sadness, or another ​strongemotion: An ​injureddoglay in the ​middle of the ​road, howling with/inpain. We were howling with ​laughter.figurative The ​opposition howled down the government's ​proposal (= ​shoutedloudly to ​expressdisapproval).

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?

howlnoun

uk   us   /haʊl/
[C] a ​long, ​loud, ​sadsound: the howl of the ​wind in the ​trees He ​leaves his ​dogshut up in the ​house all ​day, and we can ​hearits howls. She ​let out a howl ofpain. [C usually plural] a ​strongexpression of ​emotion, such as ​anger or ​disagreement: Plans to ​build a new ​supermarket have been ​greeted with howls ofprotest from ​localresidents.
(Definition of howl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"howl" in American English

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howlverb [I]

 us   /hɑʊl/
to make a ​long, high, ​cryingsound, like that of a ​dog: Toby ​stepped on a ​nail, and he howled in ​pain. The ​wind howled. [+ that clause] fig. The ​senatorskept howling (= ​loudlycomplaining) that there was not enough ​money in the ​budget to ​pay for the president’s ​plan.

howlnoun [C]

 us   /hɑʊl/
a ​long, high, ​cryingsound: the howl of the ​wind fig. The ​loudest howl (= ​stronglyexpressedcomplaint)seemed to come from farmers in the ​Midwest.
(Definition of howl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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