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"laugh" in British English

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laughverb [I]

uk   /lɑːf/ us   /læf/
A2 to smile while making sounds with your voice that show you think something is funny or you are happy: They laughed at her jokes. I couldn't stop laughing. I said he'd have to give a talk and he laughed nervously. She's so funny - she really makes me laugh. It's very rare that a book is so good you actually laugh out loud. It was so funny, I burst out laughing (= laughed suddenly and loudly). I laughed till I cried.

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laughnoun [C]

uk   /lɑːf/ us   /læf/
B1 the act or sound of laughing: a loud/nervous laugh I was embarrassed at the time, but I had a good laugh about it later.
informal an enjoyable or funny activity: "How was the party?" "Oh, it was a laugh."
mainly UK informal someone who is funny: You'd like Sharon - she's a good laugh.

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(Definition of laugh from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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laughverb [I]

us   /læf/
to make the sounds and movements of the face and body that express happiness or amusement, or that sometimes express ridicule or anxiety: The audience just laughed and laughed. That guy always makes me laugh. When I made a face at Drew, he laughed out loud. We were laughing at the clown.
Sometimes when you laugh at someone, you are ridiculing that person: I don’t want to be laughed at by my classmates.
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laughnoun [C]

us   /læf/
the sounds and movements of the face and body that express happiness or amusement, or that sometimes express ridicule or anxiety: Holly has a very strange laugh – it sounds like she’s screaming.
infml A laugh is also an amusing or ridiculous situation or person: You should have seen Sean trying to stay on the skateboard – what a laugh!
(Definition of laugh from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “laugh”
in Korean 웃다…
in Arabic يَضْحَك…
in Malaysian ketawa…
in French rire…
in Russian смеяться…
in Chinese (Traditional) (出聲地)笑,大笑…
in Italian ridere…
in Turkish gülmek…
in Polish śmiać się…
in Spanish reírse, risa, reír…
in Vietnamese cười…
in Portuguese rir…
in Thai หัวเราะ…
in German lachen…
in Catalan riure…
in Japanese (人)が笑う…
in Chinese (Simplified) (出声地)笑,大笑…
in Indonesian tertawa…
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