Cry meaning

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Cry is defined as to shed tears or call out.

An example of to cry is to release tears after hearing sad news.

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To shed tears, especially as a result of strong emotion such as grief, sorrow, pain, or joy.
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The definition of a cry is a shedding of tears or a calling out.

An example of a cry is a scream for help.

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To call loudly; shout.
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A loud exclamation; a shout or call.
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An urgent entreaty or appeal.
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An advertising of wares by calling out.

Vendors' cries at the fish market.

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To demand or require immediate action or remedy.

Grievances crying out for redress.

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A public or general demand or complaint.
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(archaic) To beg for; implore.

Cry forgiveness.

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A loud utterance of an emotion, such as fear, anger, or despair.
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A rallying call or signal.

A cry to arms.

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A slogan, especially a political one.
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The characteristic call or utterance of an animal.
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(obsolete) Clamor; outcry.
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(obsolete) A public announcement; a proclamation.
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To make a loud vocal sound or utterance; call out, as for help; shout.
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To sob and shed tears, in expressing sorrow, pain, grief, etc.; weep.
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To utter its characteristic call.
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To plead or beg for.

To cry quarter.

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To utter loudly; shout; exclaim.
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To call out (wares for sale, services offered, etc.); announce publicly.
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To bring into a specified condition by crying.

To cry oneself asleep.

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A loud vocal sound expressing pain, anger, fright, joy, etc.
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Any loud utterance; shout.
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An announcement or advertisement called out publicly.
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An urgent appeal; plea.
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Popular report; rumor; rallying call or battle cry; watchword.
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The current opinion or fashion.
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Clamor of the people; public outcry.
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A slogan.
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A sobbing and shedding of tears; fit of weeping.
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The characteristic vocal sound of an animal.
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To shed tears, especially as a result of strong emotion such as grief, sorrow, pain, or joy.
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(intransitive) To shed tears; to weep.

That sad movie always makes me cry.

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To utter loudly; to call out; to declare publicly.
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(intransitive) To shout, scream, yell.
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(intransitive) To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals do.
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To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping.

To cry oneself to sleep.

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To make oral and public proclamation of; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, etc.

To cry goods.

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Hence, to publish the banns of, as for marriage.
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A shedding of tears; the act of crying.

After we broke up, I retreated to my room for a good cry.

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I heard a cry from afar.

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Words shouted or screamed.

A battle cry.

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(collectively) A group of hounds.
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(intransitive, of an animal) A typical sound made by the species in question.

"Woof" is the cry of a dog, while "neigh" is the cry of a horse.

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A desperate or urgent request.
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To utter a characteristic sound or call. Used of an animal.
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To utter loudly; call out.
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To proclaim or announce in public.

Crying one's wares in the marketplace.

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To bring into a particular condition by weeping.

Cry oneself to sleep.

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A fit of weeping.

Had a good long cry.

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A common view or general report.
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cry havoc
  • To sound an alarm; warn.
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cry (one's) eyes
  • To weep inconsolably for a long time.
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cry on (someone's) shoulder
  • To tell one's problems to someone else in an attempt to gain sympathy or consolation.
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cry over spilled milk
  • To regret in vain what cannot be undone or rectified.
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cry wolf
  • To raise a false alarm.
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for crying out loud
  • Used to express annoyance or astonishment:
    Let's get going, for crying out loud!.
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in full cry
  • In hot pursuit, as hounds hunting.
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a far cry
  • a great distance; long way
  • a thing much different
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cry down
  • to belittle; disparage
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cry in one's beer
  • to lament or complain in a maudlin manner
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cry off
  • to withdraw from an agreement or undertaking
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cry one's eyes out
  • to weep much and bitterly
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cry out
  • to shout; yell
  • to complain loudly
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cry up
  • to shout praise of; praise highly
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in full cry
  • in eager pursuit
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of cry

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English crien, from Old French crier, ("to announce publicly, proclaim, scream, shout"; > Medieval Latin crīdāre (“to cry out, shout, publish, proclaim”)), from Frankish *krītan (“to cry, cry out, publish”), from Proto-Germanic *krītaną (“to cry out, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *greyd- (“to shout”). Cognate with Dutch krijten (“to cry”), Middle Low German krīten (“to cry, call out, shriek”), German kreißen (“to cry loudly, wail, groan”), Gothic (kreitan, “to cry, scream, call out”), Middle Irish grith (“a cry”), Welsh gryd (“a scream”).

    From Wiktionary