\ 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

China’s stock market is roaring back, reentering bull territory this week after staging one of the world’s worst routs in 2018. Washington Post, "Relax. China Only Wants a Bull Market, Not a Mad Cow," 18 Sep. 2019 After tumbling from the heights that followed her January announcement, the senator roared back in June with a commanding performance; the highlight was a dramatic confrontation with Biden over his 1970s-era opposition to school busing. Los Angeles Times, "Can Kamala Harris recapture the magic? She gets a shot in Thursday’s debate," 10 Sep. 2019 Papi, the keeper of the flame, made sure the fire was roaring. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, "Holidays Are a Way of Life in France in August. Yellow Vests Can’t Afford Them.," 29 Aug. 2019 The funnel hits the ground and roars forward with a sound like that of a freight train approaching. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 Blazes in the Susitna Valley and on the Kenai Peninsula are roaring on later than usual, primed by an abnormally hot and dry summer. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Coughing, breathing issues, sore eyes: As wildfire smoke cloaks Anchorage, people feel its effects," 24 Aug. 2019 In the winter of 2016, Donald Trump was roaring through the primaries, and Mike Pompeo was determined to stop him. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 Canadian oil company Encana is roaring back to life as the company prepares for a large round of horizontal drilling in the Permian Basin. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: Encana roars back to life with Permian Basin projects," 19 Aug. 2019 And with the near-record melting this week, the moulins will be roaring like icy waterfalls. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nick Kelly At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Globe had an all-access look LOUDON, N.H. — The radio feed crackles, replaced immediately by the roar of a car engine. Nick Kelly,, "Behind the scenes at a NASCAR race: This is how Ryan Preece’s team rolls," 26 July 2019 But there has been no debate among Mr. Trump’s advisers about the best course for him: just keep quiet about a story that would only be fueled by a presidential tweet or a comment about the women shouted above the roar of Marine One. Michael D. Shear And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump Can’t Stop Tweeting, but Goes Silent on Stormy Daniels," 26 Mar. 2018 The Constitution was on a lee shore; neither the sun nor the stars could be seen for many days, and the roar of the breakers sounded in the ears of all men. Henry W. (henry Washington) Hilliard, Harper's magazine, "The Precipice of Disunion," 16 Sep. 2019 The roar of the crowd drowned out the blow of the referee’s whistle for several seconds, but finally the ball was retrieved and the play waved off as Rodríguez was called for stepping offside. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City surrenders late goal, earns 1-1 draw with Minnesota United," 18 Aug. 2019 The roar of the ventilators in the galley quit as Joseph Sellar, a stocky 25-year-old Coast Guard culinary specialist from New Hampshire, watched seawater explode from the ceiling. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 The roars of the crowd drew Pujols up the dugout steps. Maria Torres,, "Albert Pujols crushes homer and gets standing ovation from Cardinals fans," 22 June 2019 But in 2019, those cries turned into a roar that welcomed the city’s first-ever United Soccer League team to town. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 The roar of the vehicle hummed through the night air. Bree Burkitt,, "A frantic call, a final standoff: 'Please don't hurt him. He just needs help'," 19 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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