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verb [intransitive] laugh pronunciation in British English /lɑːf/
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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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