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Definition of shriek verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shriek
    he / she / it shrieks
    past simple shrieked
    -ing form shrieking
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  1. 1[intransitive] to give a loud, high shout, for example when you are excited, frightened, or in pain synonym scream shriek (in something) She shrieked in fright. shriek with something The audience was shrieking with laughter. shriek at somebody
  2. 2[transitive] to say something in a loud, high voice synonym scream shriek something (at somebody) He shrieked her name as he fell. She was shrieking abuse at them as they carried her off. + speech “Look out!” he shrieked.
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