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howlverb

uk   /haʊl/ us   /haʊl/
  • 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?

howlnoun

uk   /haʊl/ us   /haʊl/
(Definition of howl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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howlverb [I]

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

howlnoun [C]

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