laugh at

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laugh at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to react to something with laughter. To my great relief, everyone laughed at my joke.
2. To ridicule or deride someone or something with laughter. Don't laugh at me, that was a serious suggestion!
3. To scoff at or dismiss something as insignificant. She the kind of person who laughs at rules and thinks they're just meant to be broken.
See also: laugh

laugh at someone or something

to chuckle or giggle loudly at someone or something, perhaps in ridicule. Thank goodness, the audience laughed at all my jokes. Don't laugh at me! I'm doing my best! Everyone laughed at the love scene because it was so badly done.
See also: laugh

laugh at

Treat lightly, scoff at. For example, He said the other children all laughed at his jacket, or They stopped laughing at his theory when it proved to be correct. [Late 1300s]
See also: laugh

laugh at

1. To laugh in response to something intended to be humorous: I always laugh at that TV show.
2. To mock or make fun of someone or something: They laughed at me when I said I wanted to become an astronaut.
3. To treat someone or something lightly; scoff at someone or something: That daredevil laughs at danger.
See also: laugh
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The "Don't Laugh at Me" project puts at your fingertips important facilitation guidelines to create an anti-bias camp: ways to foster inclusion, provide appropriate materials, create diverse groups, acknowledge differences, prevent exclusion, extend thinking, empower children, meet with parents, and avoid activities that exclude.
Chuck doll provides us with an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.
They all laugh at the same jokes, they all have the same emotions, they all want the same things in life, and then they tell each other that they're different.
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Inadvertent laughs: Well, you almost have to laugh at the witlessness of some of the dialogue.
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While American humorists lambaste people and institutions, ranging from the pope to organized crime, the truly deplorable development in comic affairs is our willingness to laugh at tragedy.
He doesn't laugh at anything, but if you watch it he barely keeps a straight face.
Now a handful of researchers are approaching the subject cautiously and with due scientific gravity, shedding light on why people cannot tickle themselves and why humans evolved to laugh at all.
In so doing, he has made a discovery at once startling and perfectly sensible: Most of what we laugh at in life is not particularly funny or clever but merely the stuff of social banter, the glue that binds a group together.
They probably will laugh at his next film, "Beverly Hills Ninja," in which he plays the title character.
Hollywood, by contrast, seems more comfortable making us laugh at the characters.