roar

verb
\ 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

roar

noun

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

Verb

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.

Noun

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

But when the labor market is roaring, businesses will go a long way to attract and keep good employees. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Two Tacos and a B.A., Please," 13 Jan. 2019 There are just a few of us standing around while these big, bizarre creatures, whose pendulous noses hang down past their mouths, honk and roar at each other while bickering over guavas. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 And the manner in which some died — trapped between barred windows and roaring flames — echoes this. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 An underdog Russia toppling one of the great teams of modern soccer, while screams rained down and patriotic chants roared around Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium? Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 2018 There were super high scores, terrific quarterbacks and the biggest game of the season, featuring two high-octane offenses, was set up to be the perfect showcase for the rip-roaring exhibition that modern football had evolved into. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII," 3 Feb. 2019 The leader of their party — and of the country — came in second in the popular vote to Hillary Clinton and, despite a roaring economy, hasn’t cracked 50 percent in the polls since taking office. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Republicans are paying the Trump tax," 7 Nov. 2018 The sneakers come in a white colorway with gold details and a molding of a roaring lion baring its teeth at the heel. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "LeBron James Teams Up With Harlem's Fashion Row on New Nike Sneakers, Inspired by Strong African-American Women," 5 Sep. 2018 John and Robin Berry, vacationing on Dauphin Island, Alabama, went to the beach to see the roaring surf before the rain began. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite the out roar against the film, Kathy is standing by it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 But those voices have struggled, at times, to be heard above the roar of the site’s most incendiary figures. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 The crowd’s challenge was to match the thunderous roars of the Mexican faithful who have descended on Russian stadiums, declaring their side the home team at venues that are continents and oceans from their homeland. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 Some days, the peace and quiet is interrupted by the window-rattling roar of airboats, who bring groups of tourists out on Lake Tohopekaliga for a close-up view of the alligators, birds and wildlife. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite new law, homeowners on Lake Toho still complain about airboat noise," 13 July 2018 As a roar echoes across a gargantuan hall, a pile of scrap slides into the mixture. The Economist, "Activist investors go after a German industrial icon," 31 May 2018 The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive," 19 May 2018 But the roar from the Hogs’ legendarily loud exhaust pipes might sound several decibels lower this year. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harley-Davidson sales slip but loyalty is strong among Leesburg Bikefest throngs," 27 Apr. 2018 But before the roar from Georgia fans sensing victory had faded, Tagovailoa was back at it, dropping back, looking downfield. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Nick Saban's bold move — turn to Tua Tagovailoa — pays off," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of roar

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roar

Verb

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

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roar

verb

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

roar

noun

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

roar

verb
\ 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

roar

noun

Kids Definition of roar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long shout, bellow, or loud noise

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