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verb [intransitive] joke pronunciation in British English /dʒəʊk/ 
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present tense
present participlejoking
past tensejoked
past participlejoked
  1. to say things that are intended to make someone laugh
    joke with:

    Jill was laughing and joking with the customers in her shop.

    joke about:

    You shouldn't joke about such serious things.

    joke that:

    Helen joked that she would now be irresistible to men.


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Half jokingly, Clare took on the role of teacher.


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