wail

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
wail

Third-person singular
wails

Past tense
wailed

Past participle
wailed

Present participle
wailing

  1. When you wail, you cry intensely, usually in anguish or grief.
    The mother wailed when her child died.
  2. Wailing is when something makes a noise that sounds like crying.
    The wind wailed through the trees during the storm.

Noun[change]

Singular
wail

Plural
wails

  1. A wail is a long, loud, high-pitched cry of sorrow or grief.
    The dog's wails were painful to hear.

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