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verb scream pronunciation in British English /skriːm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlescreaming
past tensescreamed
past participlescreamed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make a loud high cry because you are hurt, frightened, or excited
    She opened her mouth to scream.
    scream with: They had their arms in the air and were screaming with delight.
    scream in: We could hear the passengers screaming in terror.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to shout something in a loud, high voice
      She heard Anna scream her name.
      scream for: Nobody heard them screaming for help.
      scream at: I felt like screaming at him.
      scream abuse (=shout rude or offensive remarks): Anyone who had not finished would have abuse screamed at them.
    See also shout1, shriek1
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a very loud high noise
    The engines were now screaming at full power.
  3. 3



    scream out

    [intransitive/transitive] to state something in a loud way that is difficult to ignore, or to be immediately obvious
    ‘Devil Dogs’, the headlines screamed.
    It was the kind of shirt that screamed vulgarity.
    It’s a badly written essay, and the grammatical mistakes just scream out at you.


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