Cry is defined as to shed tears or call out.(verb)
An example of to cry is to release tears after hearing sad news.
The definition of a cry is a shedding of tears or a calling out.(noun)
An example of a cry is a scream for help.
See cry in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME crien < OFr crier < L quiritare, to wail, shriek (var. of quirritare, to squeal like a pig < *quis, echoic of a squeal); assoc. in ancient folk etym. with L Quirites, Roman citizens (as if meaning “to call the Quirites,” implore their help)
noun pl. cries
Origin: ME & OFr cri < the v.
See cry in American Heritage Dictionary 4
cryverb cried cried (krīd), crying cry·ing, cries cries (krīz) verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English crien, from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critāre, from Latin quirītāre, to cry out, perhaps from Quirītēs, public officers to whom one would cry out in times of need.
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