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laughverb [I]

uk   /lɑːf/  us   /læf/
A2 to ​smile while making ​sounds with ​yourvoice 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 Icried.

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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 ​funnyactivity: "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 ​expresshappiness or ​amusement, or that sometimes ​expressridicule 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 ​expresshappiness or ​amusement, or that sometimes ​expressridicule or ​anxiety: Holly has a very ​strange laugh – it ​sounds like she’s ​screaming.
infml A laugh is also an ​amusing or ​ridiculoussituation 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 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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