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ul·u·late

 (ŭl′yə-lāt′, yo͞ol′-)
intr.v. ul·u·lat·ed, ul·u·lat·ing, ul·u·lates
To howl, wail, or lament loudly, especially by alternating rapidly between two high-pitched sounds.

[Latin ululāre, ululāt-, ultimately of imitative origin.]

ul′u·lant (-lənt) adj.
ul′u·la′tion n.

ululate

(ˈjuːljʊˌleɪt)
vb
(intr) to howl or wail, as with grief
[C17: from Latin ululāre to howl, from ulula screech owl]
ˈululant adj
ˌuluˈlation n

ul•u•late

(ˈʌl yəˌleɪt, ˈyul-)

v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to howl, hoot, or wail.
2. to lament loudly and shrilly.
[1615–25; < Latin ululātus, past participle of ululāre to howl, shriek, of imitative orig.]
ul`u•la′tion, n.

ululate


Past participle: ululated
Gerund: ululating

Imperative
ululate
ululate
Present
I ululate
you ululate
he/she/it ululates
we ululate
you ululate
they ululate
Preterite
I ululated
you ululated
he/she/it ululated
we ululated
you ululated
they ululated
Present Continuous
I am ululating
you are ululating
he/she/it is ululating
we are ululating
you are ululating
they are ululating
Present Perfect
I have ululated
you have ululated
he/she/it has ululated
we have ululated
you have ululated
they have ululated
Past Continuous
I was ululating
you were ululating
he/she/it was ululating
we were ululating
you were ululating
they were ululating
Past Perfect
I had ululated
you had ululated
he/she/it had ululated
we had ululated
you had ululated
they had ululated
Future
I will ululate
you will ululate
he/she/it will ululate
we will ululate
you will ululate
they will ululate
Future Perfect
I will have ululated
you will have ululated
he/she/it will have ululated
we will have ululated
you will have ululated
they will have ululated
Future Continuous
I will be ululating
you will be ululating
he/she/it will be ululating
we will be ululating
you will be ululating
they will be ululating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ululating
you have been ululating
he/she/it has been ululating
we have been ululating
you have been ululating
they have been ululating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ululating
you will have been ululating
he/she/it will have been ululating
we will have been ululating
you will have been ululating
they will have been ululating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ululating
you had been ululating
he/she/it had been ululating
we had been ululating
you had been ululating
they had been ululating
Conditional
I would ululate
you would ululate
he/she/it would ululate
we would ululate
you would ululate
they would ululate
Past Conditional
I would have ululated
you would have ululated
he/she/it would have ululated
we would have ululated
you would have ululated
they would have ululated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ululate - emit long loud criesululate - emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - 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"
squall, waul, wawl - make high-pitched, whiney noises

ululate

verb
To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound:
Translations

ululate

[ˈjuːljʊleɪt] VIulular

ululate

vi (liter, mourning women) → (weh)klagen (liter); (dog etc)heulen
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The moment she saw her long lost son's clothes, the mother burst into tears butstarted to ululate in mixed emotions of nostalgia and celebratory happiness.
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jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela taught the crowd of Americans how to ululate.
Judge Adel Abdel-Hamid said the court "accepts the request for retrial for both convicts" and that Moustafa and Sukkari's case would go to retrial in a criminal court, prompting some present in the packed chamber to cheer and ululate.
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the brother has returned on the shoulders of his comrades and admirers the brother has returned, oh mom, ululate him the martyr's blood is a debt on us.