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Definition of wail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wail
    he / she / it wails
    past simple wailed
    -ing form wailing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make a long, loud, high cry because you are sad or in pain The little girl was wailing miserably. women wailing and weeping
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to cry or complain about something in a loud high voice synonym moan + speech “It's broken,” she wailed. wail (about something) There's no point in wailing about something that happened so long ago.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of things) to make a long high sound Ambulances raced by with sirens wailing.
    noun [singular, uncountable] a high-pitched wailing
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