Meaning of “laugh” in the English Dictionary

"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)

"laugh" in American English

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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)