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verb     scream pronunciation in British English
/skriːm/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyscream
he/she/itscreams
present participlescreaming
past tensescreamed
past participlescreamed
  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect 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 shout, shriek
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a very loud high noise

    The engines were now screaming at full power.

  3. 3

    scream

    or

    scream out

    [intransitive/transitive] to state something in a loud way that is difficult to ignore, or to be immediately obvious

    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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