American English

Definition of scream verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scream
    he / she / it screams
    past simple screamed
    -ing form screaming
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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 himself hoarse.
  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. Thesaurusshoutyell 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 someone:Stop shouting and listen! “Run!” he shouted.yell to shout loudly, for example because you are angry, excited, afraid, or in pain:She yelled at the boy to get down from the wall.cry (somewhat formal or literary) to shout loudly, especially because you are upset, afraid, excited, or very happy: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 someone, 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:My father bellowed at me from across the room.raise your voice to speak loudly to someone, 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 insults 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 of the marina.
  4. Idioms
    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 Learner's Dictionary entry: scream