laugh at

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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 somebody

to ridicule someone A lot of kids laughed at me because of the way I dressed, but it never bothered me.
See also: laugh

laugh at something

to show you think something is ridiculous Cynthia laughs at the suggestion she's doing this job for the money.
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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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.
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Hollywood, by contrast, seems more comfortable making us laugh at the characters.