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verb [intransitive] laugh pronunciation in British English /lɑːf/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelaughing
past tenselaughed
past participlelaughed
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  1. 1
    to make the noise with your voice that shows you think something is funny
    We talked and laughed late into the night.
    laugh at: The audience didn’t laugh at his jokes.
    laugh about: They were still laughing about the experience years later.
    burst out laughing (=start laughing suddenly): She burst out laughing when she saw what he was wearing.
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  2. 2
    to show that you think someone or something is stupid or deserves no respect
    When I told them my idea, they just laughed.
    laugh in someone’s face: If someone had told me this was going to happen, I would’ve laughed in their face.

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