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English noun: wail

1. wail (communication) a cry of sorrow and grief

SamplesTheir pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward.

Synonymslament, lamentation, plaint

Broader (hypernym)complaint

English verb: wail

1. wail (communication) emit long loud cries

SamplesWail in self-pity.
Howl with sorrow.

ExamplesYou can hear animals wail in the meadows, The meadows wail with animals

Synonymshowl, roar, ululate, yaup, yawl

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

Narrower (hyponym)squall, waul, wawl

2. wail (body) cry weakly or softly

SamplesShe wailed with pain.

Synonymsmewl, pule, whimper

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)cry, weep

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