wail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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wailverb

uk   us   /weɪl/
[I or T] to make a ​long, high ​cry, usually because of ​pain or ​sadness: The women ​gathered around the ​coffin and ​began to wail, as was the ​custom in the ​region. [+ speech] "My ​fingerhurts," wailed the ​child. [I] informal to ​complainloudly or ​strongly: [+ that] Business ​people wailed thattheirtrade would be ​ruined.

wailnoun [C]

uk   us   /weɪl/
a ​long, high, ​loudcry, ​especially because of something ​unpleasant: a wail of ​anguish the wail of the ​policesirens
(Definition of wail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wailverb

 us   /weɪl/
to make a ​long, high ​cry, usually because of ​pain or ​sadness, or to make a ​sound like this: [I] The four ​babies were wailing in ​unison. [I] Air-raid ​sirens wailed. [+ that clause] fig. Investors wailed (= ​complained) that ​interestrates were ​skyrocketing.
wail
noun [C]  us   /weɪl/
The wail of the ​sirenwoke me up.
(Definition of wail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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