Meaning of “screech” in the English Dictionary

"screech" in British English

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screechverb [ I ]

uk /skriːtʃ/ us /skriːtʃ/

to make an unpleasant, loud, high noise:

She was screeching at him at the top of her voice.
He was screeching with pain/laughter.
[ + speech ] "Don't you dare touch me!" she screeched.
The car screeched to a halt/standstill (= stopped very suddenly, making a loud high noise).
figurative The economic recovery is likely to screech to a halt/standstill (= stop very suddenly) if taxes are increased.

screechnoun [ C ]

uk /skriːtʃ/ us /skriːtʃ/

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

"screech" in American English

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screechverb [ I ]

us /skritʃ/

to make a long, loud, high noise:

They clapped their hands and screeched with laughter.
A semitrailer truck screeched to a halt (= stopped suddenly with a long, loud, high noise of its brakes) .
screech
noun [ C ] us /skritʃ/

The truck stopped with a screech of brakes.

(Definition of “screech” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)