To roar is to make a ferociously loud sound, like a lion or a tiger. If you go to a football game, you'll hear the crowd roar whenever their team scores a goal.

A wild animal roars when it makes its long, full cry, and a person (or a thing) can emit a similar roar. Your boisterous uncle roars with laughter, and the frustrated substitute teacher might roar angrily at the class. Motorcycles sometimes roar down the street, and a judge might silence a courtroom when she roars, "Order!" Roar can also act as a noun, meaning the sound itself — like the roar of the crowd that drowns out your voice. Roar comes from an imitative Old English root.

Definitions of roar
  1. verb
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
    synonyms: bellow
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  2. verb
    emit long loud cries
    synonyms: howl, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
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    squall, waul, wawl
    make high-pitched, whiney noises
    type of:
    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
  3. verb
    laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
    synonyms: howl
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    type of:
    express joy, express mirth, laugh
    produce laughter
  4. verb
    make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles
    “The water roared down the chute”
    synonyms: howl
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    make a loud, roaring sound, as of a car engine, while moving
    bawl, yawp
    make a raucous noise
    to make or produce a loud noise
    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  5. verb
    utter words loudly and forcefully
    “`Get out of here,' he roared
    synonyms: thunder
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    type of:
    utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
  6. noun
    a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
    synonyms: bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roaring, yowl
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  7. noun
    the sound made by a lion
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    type of:
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
  8. noun
    a deep prolonged loud noise
    synonyms: boom, roaring, thunder
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  9. verb
    act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way
    “"desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town"-R.A.Billington”
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    type of:
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
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