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roar

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verb \ ˈrȯr \

Definition of roar

intransitive verb
1 a :to utter or emit a full loud prolonged sound
b :to sing or shout with full force
2 a :to make or emit a loud confused sound (such as background reverberation or rumbling)
b :to laugh loudly
3 a :to be boisterous or disorderly
b :to proceed or rush with great noise or commotion
4 :to make a loud noise during inhalation (such as that of a horse affected with roaring)
transitive verb
1 :to utter or proclaim with a roar
2 :to cause to roar

Examples of roar in a Sentence

  1. We heard a lion roar in the distance.

  2. The joke got the crowd roaring.

  3. The crowd roared its approval.

  4. She roared at him for being late.

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Origin and Etymology of roar

Middle English roren, from Old English rārian; akin to Old High German rērēn to bleat


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roar

noun

Definition of roar

1 :the deep cry of a wild animal (such as a lion)
2 :a loud deep cry (as of pain or anger)
3 :a loud continuous confused sound
  • the roar of the crowd
4 :a boisterous outcry

Examples of roar in a Sentence

  1. the roar of the airplane engines

  2. the roar of the river

Recent Examples of roar from the Web

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First Known Use of roar

14th century



ROAR Defined for English Language Learners

roar

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verb

Definition of roar for English Language Learners

  • : to make the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)

  • : to make a long, loud sound

  • : to laugh loudly


roar

noun

Definition of roar for English Language Learners

  • : the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)

  • : a loud, low sound that continues for a long time


ROAR Defined for Kids

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roar

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verb \ ˈrȯr \

Definition of roar for Students

roared; roaring
1 :to make a long loud sound
  • The engine roared.
2 :to laugh loudly
3 :to say loudly
  • “Bread is never free, boy,” he roared.
  • —Avi, Crispin
4 :to move with a loud noise
  • … all jumped into the sheriff's car and roared away …
  • —Robert McCloskey, Homer Price

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roar

noun

Definition of roar for Students

:a long shout, bellow, or loud noise


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