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Definition of bawl verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bawl
    he / she / it bawls
    past simple bawled
    -ing form bawling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to cry loudly, especially in an unpleasant and annoying way A child was bawling in the next room. He was bawling his eyes out (= crying very loudly).
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to shout loudly, especially in an unpleasant or angry way bawl (at somebody) She bawled at him in front of everyone. Some noisy students were bawling for more food. bawl (out) something (at somebody) He sat in his office bawling orders at his secretary. + speech (+ out) “Get in here now!” she bawled out.
  3. Phrasal Verbsbawl somebodyout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bawl

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