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verb howl pronunciation in British English /haʊl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehowling
past tensehowled
past participlehowled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a dog or similar animal howls, it makes a long loud sound
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to cry very loudly in pain, anger, or sadness
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if the wind howls, it blows with a long loud sound

    A bitter wind howled through the empty streets.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to laugh very loudly
    howl with:

    By now the audience were howling with laughter.

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  5. 5
    [transitive] to say something in a loud angry voice

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