Meaning of “wail” in the English Dictionary

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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 interest rates were skyrocketing.
noun [ C ] us /weɪl/

The wail of the siren woke me up.

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