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Definition of 'cry'


  1. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
       Synonyms: outcry call yell shout vociferation
  2. a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain"
       Synonyms: yell
  3. a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"
       Synonyms: war cry rallying cry battle cry watchword
  4. a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
  5. the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: shout shout out call yell scream holler hollo squall
  2. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"
       Synonyms: weep
       Antonyms: laugh express joy express mirth
  3. utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
       Synonyms: exclaim cry out outcry call out shout
  4. proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"
       Synonyms: blazon out
  5. demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"
  6. utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
  7. bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"

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