\ ˈrȯr How to pronounce roar (audio) \
roared; roaring; roars

Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to utter or emit a full loud prolonged sound
b : to sing or shout with full force
2a : to make or emit a loud confused sound (such as background reverberation or rumbling)
b : to laugh loudly
3a : 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



Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of roar in a Sentence


We heard a lion roar in the distance. The joke got the crowd roaring. The crowd roared its approval. She roared at him for being late.


the roar of the airplane engines the roar of the river
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Weather permitting, the traditional songs for each branch of the military will be played while their officers stand by the president’s side and a procession of aircraft, including Air Force One and the Blue Angels, roars through the skies overhead. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Washington Prepares for a July 4 Spectacle, Starring and Produced by President Trump," 3 July 2019 But all the negatives and reasoning behind not wanting to be a Warrior came roaring back on the first official day of the 2009-10 season. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 2019 Hundreds of thousands of uprooted lives, many of them children, have been scattered by the storm that roared in on March 14. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not safe anywhere:’ Mozambique cyclone scattered lives," 30 Mar. 2019 For one minute and 20 seconds — a period of time that might have lasted longer had Pujols not squared up in the box with the fans still roaring — the Cardinals faithful saluted Pujols for his 11 years of stardom with the club. John Cherwa,, "The Sports Report: Albert Pujols is welcomed home," 22 June 2019 At Shinji’s pleading, the EVA powers back on and physically transforms; its arm regenerates, but the limb now looks human, like Shinji’s, and the EVA roars, runs on all fours like a beast, and rabidly tears its enemy apart. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "How “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Reimagined Our Relationship to Machines," 21 June 2019 Kayak past towering cliffs and roaring waterfalls, and hike through old-growth forests in search of moose, black bears, bald eagles, and other iconic wildlife. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 And speaking of rolling, the Hot Rod Power Tour roars into Kentucky Speedway. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 10-16," 9 June 2019 The people who benefit the most from our roaring economy should be responsible for the largest part of the state's budget. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Regardless, their roar makes these soft-bodied creatures seem awfully tough. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "Watch a tiny worm make one of the loudest sounds in the ocean," 9 July 2019 But perhaps her loudest roar came at 3-2, deuce, when an ace flew off her racket immediately after she was run ragged by Rybarikova on a drop-and-lob combination. Ravi Ubha And Ben Church, CNN, "15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff extends remarkable run at Wimbledon," 3 July 2019 The Lowdown: An exciting city to watch roar into the Top 20 this year is the Colombian capital. Copenhagenize Design Co., WIRED, "The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet, Ranked," 27 June 2019 Inside the looming beast is just a child, his little hands and feet strapped into the woolly Wild Thing’s, making the character roar by speaking through a tiny cone. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer," 27 June 2019 The beat pumps a little heavier, the atmosphere fills with smoke, and the hook comes in strong with a psychedelic synth roar. Kat Bein, Billboard, "MK's 'Body 2 Body' Gets Chris Lake Club Remix: Exclusive," 27 June 2019 Seven floors below on the mezzanine, a clerk heard a roar that sounded like a car had been dropped in the lobby. Globe Staff,, "50 years of pols and paper chases: Tales from inside City Hall," 27 June 2019 Desmond landed at home plate with a single bound and then unleashed a primal roar. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies blow six-run lead in ninth inning in historic meltdown, lose in extra innings to Padres," 15 June 2019 The big floe snapped, then came to rest, and the commotion was transferred to the outer edge of the floe, which crumbled away with a dull roar—leaving us stranded but safe. Robert E. (robert Edwin) Peary, Harper's magazine, "Unyielding Ice," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of roar


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roar


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

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English Language Learners Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)
: to make a long, loud sound
: to laugh loudly



English Language Learners Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

: the loud sound of a wild animal (such as a lion)
: a loud, low sound that continues for a long time


\ ˈrȯr How to pronounce roar (audio) \
roared; roaring

Kids Definition of roar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long shout, bellow, or loud noise

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