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

     

    sob

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sɒb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sob
    BrE BrE//sɒb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːb//
     
    he / she / it sobs
    BrE BrE//sɒbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbz//
     
    past simple sobbed
    BrE BrE//sɒbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbd//
     
    past participle sobbed
    BrE BrE//sɒbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbd//
     
    -ing form sobbing
    BrE BrE//ˈsɒbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to cry noisily, taking sudden, sharp breaths I heard a child sobbing loudly. He started to sob uncontrollably.
  2. 2[transitive] to say something while you are crying + speech ‘I hate him,’ she sobbed. sob something (out) He sobbed out his troubles. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect sabben ‘to suck’.Extra examples He began to sob uncontrollably. He was pleading, almost sobbing, first silently and then aloud. I heard a child sob loudly. She began sobbing into her pillow. She started sobbing hysterically. She was sobbing with pain and fear. She flung herself at his chest and sobbed her heart out.Idioms to cry noisily for a long time because you are very sad
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