\ 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 Even so, a state court case will determine whether PG&E should be held liable for the Tubbs Fire that roared through sections of Sonoma County and Napa County. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "PG&E files $17.9 billion bankruptcy exit plan that caps payments to wildfire victims," 9 Sep. 2019 Here’s what to know about the devastation the Bahamas is facing now that Dorian has roared through. Tara Law, Time, "Here's What It's Like in the Bahamas After It Was Devastated by Hurricane Dorian," 5 Sep. 2019 Anyway, Garrett was double-teamed, but Vernon roared through the Tampa offensive line... Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns: Talking to myself about getting a kick out of the defense -- Terry Pluto," 24 Aug. 2019 This time the places were reversed, as Cindric roared through the field and gained 17 spots during the shootout to finish second after stopping for fresh tires. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christopher Bell passes an important class in his NASCAR education with a Road America victory," 24 Aug. 2019 Shea has already roared through 85 sales of these and has another 33 under contract, including a number of them to younger buyers who like the schools here, at prices from the $460s. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Yes, you CAN stay in Highlands Ranch: Shea creates a luxury-sized, low-maintenance lifestyle at Central Park," 11 July 2019 Die Nationalelf roared through qualifying with a 7-1-0 mark and 38-3 goal differential. Steven Goff,, "Women’s World Cup: A look at the groups," 4 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Skillet's Victorious roars in atop Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Aug. 17), earning 25,000 equivalent album units, with 22,000 in traditional album sales, in the week ending Aug. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Skillet Is 'Victorious' On Top Christian Albums, Unspoken Scores First Christian Airplay No. 1," 16 Aug. 2019 His grandfather once held the same position and spoke wistfully of the ngadji’s roar. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenya’s Pokomo people ask the British to return what was stolen: Their source of power," 9 Aug. 2019 Restaurant noise routinely climbs into the high 70-decibel range (the whir of a canister vacuum) and sometimes hits the mid-80s (the roar of a nearby diesel truck). Joyce Cohen, Twin Cities, "For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination," 22 June 2019 The twin turbines of a Dornier 228 cargo plane roar to life as the bulging khaki figures totter single file up through the side door and into the plane’s belly, which is packed with pallets of firefighting equipment that will be dropped with them. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Much of the tire roar was eliminated, and there was a noticeable improvement in ride quality and steering feel. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget about that Tesla—the Jaguar I-Pace is the most compelling EV yet," 14 June 2018 The air whooocckkhhhhing by for hours on end, on top of the engine's roar. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "What a blind man gets from the Indy 500: 'That gasoline thunder'," 24 May 2018 Over the course of the round, there would be shouts and screams and collective outcries that didn’t quite rise to the level of roars, but inched up to whatever line defines such undefinable things. Tim Layden,, "Tiger Woods's Comeback Brings an Unreal Presence Back to Augusta," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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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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31 Oct 2019

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

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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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