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Definition of scream verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    scream

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skriːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scream
    BrE BrE//skriːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːm//
     
    he / she / it screams
    BrE BrE//skriːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːmz//
     
    past simple screamed
    BrE BrE//skriːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːmd//
     
    past participle screamed
    BrE BrE//skriːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːmd//
     
    -ing form screaming
    BrE BrE//ˈskriːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskriːmɪŋ//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to give a loud, high cry, because you are hurt, frightened, excited, etc. synonym shriek He covered her mouth to stop her from screaming. scream in/with something The kids were screaming with excitement. scream out (in/with something) People ran for the exits, screaming out in terror. scream yourself + adj. The baby was screaming itself hoarse. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] to shout something in a loud, high voice because of fear, anger, etc. synonym yell + speech ‘Help!’ she screamed. scream (out) (for something/somebody) Someone was screaming for help. scream at somebody (to do something) He screamed at me to stop. scream something (out) (at somebody) She screamed abuse at him. scream (out) that… His sister screamed out that he was crazy. Synonymsshoutyell cry scream cheer bellow raise your voiceThese words all mean to say something in a very loud voice.shout to say something in a loud voice; to speak loudly and often angrily to somebody:Stop shouting and listen! ‘Run!’ he shouted.yell to shout loudly, for example because you are angry, excited, frightened or in pain:She yelled at the boy to get down from the wall.cry (rather formal or literary) to shout loudly:She ran over to the window and cried for help.scream to shout something in a loud high voice because you are afraid, angry or excited:He screamed at me to stop.cheer (especially of a crowd of people) to shout loudly to show support or praise for somebody, or to give them encouragement:We all cheered as the team came onto the field.bellow to shout in a loud deep voice, especially because you are angry:‘Quiet!’ the teacher bellowed.raise your voice to speak loudly to somebody, especially because you are angry:She never once raised her voice to us.Patterns to shout/​yell/​cry/​raise your voice to somebody to shout/​yell/​scream/​bellow at somebody to shout/​yell/​cry out/​scream/​bellow in pain/​anguish/​rage, etc. to shout/​cry out/​scream for joy/​excitement/​delight, etc. to shout/​yell/​cry out/​scream with excitement/​triumph, etc. to shout/​yell/​scream/​bellow at somebody to do something to shout/​yell/​scream abuse to shout/​yell/​cry/​scream for help
  3. 3[intransitive] to make a loud, high noise; to move fast, making this noise synonym screech Lights flashed and sirens screamed. + adv./prep. The powerboat screamed out to sea.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from Middle Dutch.Extra examples Despair shook him and he screamed silently in the darkness. I was so bored I wanted to scream. Marion screamed after them, ‘Stop! Stop!’ People were staggering about, screaming with pain. She screamed at me to get out of the way. The baby was screaming its head off. The trapped passengers screamed for help. ‘Help!’ he screamed.Idioms
    scream blue murder (British English) (North American English scream bloody murder)
     
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    to scream loudly and for a long time, especially in order to protest about something
    Phrasal Verbsscream out (for something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scream