\ 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

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 The two of them kiss as the crickets roar and the fireflies blink and the clouds roll over the moon in a way that makes both of them more beautiful. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "Summer House Season-Finale Recap: ’Til Death Do Us Party," 22 Apr. 2021 Bardugo knows when to let the action roar, when to let emotions run high, and when to chase the theatrics with a wink and a smile. Washington Post, "Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Rule of Wolves’ is the latest action-packed installment in the Grishaverse saga," 8 Apr. 2021 There’s reason to believe the twenties will roar again. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "What Will It Take to Pandemic-Proof America?," 15 Apr. 2021 Many songs roar past the three-minute mark, as the band jams and doodles unrushed. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: Greta Van Fleet spread their wings gloriously," 14 Apr. 2021 Highs: Steering, braking, and engine roar exactly like the sports car it's named after. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S," 12 Apr. 2021 Nahiem Alleyne that forced overtime — were mostly muted in person without the usual soundtrack of a crowd’s throaty roar. New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Tournament: Same Courts, Same Game, New Emptiness," 19 Mar. 2021 The order, the first involving any of the country’s largest correctional systems, comes as the coronavirus continues to roar through facilities in New York. New York Times, "New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules," 29 Mar. 2021 These realities, and more, gave China the opportunity to roar toward our position. Peter Georgescu, Forbes, "We Can’t Let China Eat Our Lunch," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The road grants access to majestic Multnomah Falls and nearly a dozen other cascading cataracts of clear, crisp water, most now in full roar as the snow melts off the nearby hills and Mount Hood’s ski slopes. Bill Roberson, Forbes, "Royal Enfield Serves Up A Retro Cool Beginner Bike With The New Meteor 350," 6 Apr. 2021 Then the saxophonists stood up, faced the basses and drums, and joined them in a massive roar. Washington Post, "A cathartic and moving farewell for D.C. jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin Jr.," 28 Mar. 2021 As the foul sent the teams to timeout late in the second half, a once dormant Purdue crowd came to a roar. Dallas News, "North Texas upsets Purdue in first NCAA Tournament win in program history: ‘We can play with anybody’," 20 Mar. 2021 That included a lob pass to Raynor for the alley-oop, which brought St. Ignatius student section to a roar. Matt Goul, cleveland, "St. Ignatius survives St. Edward, 55-54, to reach OHSAA Division I regional final," 10 Mar. 2021 Applause lines died in the roar of the wind; no spontaneous standing ovations erupted. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "An emotional Inauguration Day for Minnesotans in Congress," 20 Jan. 2021 All the drama lies in the sound — in the rattling frame of the ship around them, the roar of the engines behind them, the jostling of the seats beneath them, and the matter-of-fact voice of mission control coming through on the radio. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Netflix’s Space Thriller Stowaway Might Be Confusing, But It’s Never Boring," 23 Apr. 2021 While the Beltway now emanates a distant, dull roar, the area was once so quiet that announcers would broadcast with the windows open. Washington Post, "Demolition of Bethesda radio towers will take a piece of history, rare open space," 3 Nov. 2020 Tornado signs include dark, often greenish sky, hail, a dark low-lying cloud, and then a loud roar, like a freight train. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Statewide tornado drill scheduled Wednesday to coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of roar was before the 12th century

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6 May 2021

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“Roar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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