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verb     screech pronunciation in American English
/skritʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscreech
he/she/itscreeches
present participlescreeching
past tensescreeched
past participlescreeched
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a loud, high, and unpleasant cry, especially when you are upset

    We tried to calm her, but she just screeched more loudly.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a loud, high, and unpleasant noise

    Brakes screeched and then we heard a crash.

    There were seagulls screeching over our heads.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move making a loud, high, and unpleasant noise
      screech to a halt (=to stop very suddenly with a screech):

      The car screeched to a halt, and a man jumped out.

      screech down/around/into etc.:

      A van screeched around the corner.

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screech

     screech pronunciation in American English
noun [countable]
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singularscreech
pluralscreeches

the screech of tires

an owl’s screech

screechiness

noun [uncountable]

screechy

adjective
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adjectivescreechy
comparativescreechier
superlativescreechiest
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