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wail

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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wailwail /weɪl/ verb 🔊 🔊 1 [transitive]SAY to say something in a loud, sad, and complaining way 🔊 ‘But what shall I do?’ Bernard wailed.2 [intransitive]CRY to cry out with a long high sound, especially because you are very sad or in pain 🔊 Somewhere behind them a child began to wail.► see thesaurus at cry3 [intransitive]C to make a long high sound 🔊 The wind wailed in the chimney. —wail noun [countable] 🔊 the wail of police sirens
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wail• "The world is coming to an end!" the woman wailed.• Somewhere to the rear a child began to wail.• I begin to wail and Connie looks worried and returns with little funny steps to his corner.• He started wailing and crying and pulling at the corpses and had to be dragged away.• He wailed and gagged as people walked by.• Moza wailed, her voice hoarse with dread.• Better to leave your audience wailing in the dark, shaking their fists, some crying How?, others why?• I called Narendra and wailed into the phone.• People were wailing on the streets.• Gods, how those clods had wailed when they had seen his proud lion-masked visage!
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Verb table
wail
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theywail
he, she, itwails
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywailed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave wailed
he, she, ithas wailed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad wailed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill wail
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have wailed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam wailing
he, she, itis wailing
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you, we, theyare wailing
Past
I, he, she, itwas wailing
you, we, theywere wailing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been wailing
he, she, ithas been wailing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been wailing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be wailing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been wailing
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