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Definition of moan verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moan
    he / she / it moans
    past simple moaned
    -ing form moaning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a person) to make a long deep sound, usually expressing unhappiness, suffering, or physical pleasure synonym groan The injured man was lying on the ground, moaning. moan in/with something to moan in/with pain + speech “I might never see you again,” she moaned.
  2. 2[intransitive] moan (about something) (informal) to complain about something in a way that other people find annoying They're always moaning and groaning about how much they have to do.
  3. 3[intransitive] (literary) (especially of the wind) to make a long deep sound The wind was moaning through the trees.
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