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Definition 1: a cry of sorrow and grief - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where wail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward

Synonyms for wail in the sense of this definition

(wail is a kind of ...) (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow

Definition 2: cry weakly or softly - [verb of body]

Samples where wail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she wailed with pain

Synonyms for wail in the sense of this definition

(wail is a kind of ...) shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

"She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death" "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"

Definition 3: emit long loud cries - [verb of communication]

Samples where wail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wail in self-pity
  • howl with sorrow

Synonyms for wail in the sense of this definition

(wail is a kind of ...) utter a sudden loud cry

"she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle" "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

(... is a kind of wail ) make high-pitched, whiney noises

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