cry

verb
\ ˈkrī How to pronounce cry (audio) \
cried; crying

Definition of cry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to utter loudly : shout He cried "Wait!" but it was too late.
2 archaic : beg, beseech
3 : to proclaim publicly : advertise cry their wares

intransitive verb

1 : to call loudly : shout She cried out for help.
2 : to shed tears often noisily : weep, sob The child began to cry after she dropped her ice-cream cone.
3 : to utter a characteristic sound or call heard the seagulls crying
4 : to require or suggest strongly a remedy or disposition (see disposition sense 2b) … there are a hundred things which cry out for planning …— Roger Burlingame
cry havoc
: to sound an alarm
cry over spilled milk
: to express vain regrets for what cannot be recovered or undone You made a mistake, but there's no use crying over spilled milk.
cry wolf
: to give alarm unnecessarily News organizations have been warned not to cry wolf.

cry

noun
plural cries

Definition of cry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of crying: such as
a : an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain
b obsolete : outcry, clamor
2a obsolete : proclamation
b cries plural, Scottish : banns
3 : entreaty, appeal a cry for help
4 : a loud shout
6a : common report
b : a general opinion
7 : the public voice raised in protest or approval
8 : a fit of weeping
9 : the characteristic sound or call of an animal
10a : a pack of hounds
b(1) : pursuit used in the phrase in full cryhounds in full cry
(2) : a peak of activity or excitement used in the phrase in full crya campaign in full cry

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Synonyms for cry

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cry in a Sentence

Verb The baby is crying. Is she okay? Some people cry more easily than others. He cried silently while the song played. She cried all the way home from school that day. She couldn't imagine why anyone would cry over a stupid movie. She was crying with relief. They cried tears of joy. “Help,” he cried, “Get a doctor! Quick!” I heard someone cry “Wait!” but the train pulled away anyway. She'd never heard the sound of sea gulls crying by the shore. Noun The baby's cry woke me out of a deep sleep. There was a cry of “Fire” and we all rushed for the exits. The children were playing a game and their happy cries echoed through the house. the wild cry of a coyote
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Orange County officials cry foul following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to move the region into the most restrictive reopening tier. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: ‘Stay home as much as possible’," 18 Nov. 2020 Trump, now projected to lose 306 to 232 in the Electoral College, spent months sowing doubt about the election and then started to cry foul with votes still being counted, promoting misleading or false narratives about the election. NBC News, "Trump's not giving up and neither are his supporters," 13 Nov. 2020 Cupit is noted for going out of her way to ensure that victims are taken care of, finding resources to provide for their physical needs of food and lodging and easing their pain with a shoulder to cry on. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "VOCAL honors victims’ advocates on National Day of Remembrance," 25 Sep. 2020 On reaching his destination, the abjuror was supposed to wade into the sea and cry out for passage (the main route in this high period of abjuration was from Dover to Wissant, just across the Channel). Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020 Dejected voters looking to cry in their beers over Election Day’s results will have to do so at home. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Dubious distinction, voting behind bars, flag decision: News from around our 50 states," 3 Nov. 2020 Unprecedented changes in voting procedures due to the coronavirus pandemic have created openings for candidates to cry foul. Robert Speel, The Conversation, "A history of contested presidential elections, from Samuel Tilden to Al Gore," 3 Nov. 2020 Still, there’s reason to believe that, if fans cry out loud enough, they’ll be heard. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will There Be A Season 2 of The Queen’s Gambit?," 30 Oct. 2020 Instead, Clare is left to cry in the dark while clutching her dogs, Honey and Elby. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Aired Its Most Triggering Scene Yet," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But one city, adapting to the pandemic, put its annual tradition of selecting the best mourner in the country online — and in doing so, gave Mexicans the chance to share in a good, cathartic, soul-cleansing cry. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "Need a Good Cry? In Mexico, a Town Picks the Best Person for the Job," 3 Nov. 2020 And while the 20,000-ish ticketholders will still make cheerful noise, among that murmur won’t be the cry of hawkers offering fistfuls of crimson paper. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Tribal voting, third wave, Washington Monument: News from around our 50 states," 30 Sep. 2020 Because South Florida is made up of refugees who fled dictatorships, including leftist ones, the cry of socialism has considerable resonance. Brittny Mejia Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "‘You can’t paint them with one brush.’ Trump, Biden face perils, promise wooing Florida’s Latino voters," 27 Oct. 2020 The moment Patel’s baby girl arrived and emitted her first cry, Srivastava felt ecstatic. Washington Post, "Nearly 700 coronavirus-positive women gave birth at a single hospital. Here’s what it learned.," 15 Oct. 2020 It’s not a cry that might be expected to resound in The Villages, and it’s certainly not one that is encouraging to President Donald Trump. Tamara Lush, USA TODAY, "A senior warning sign for Trump: 'Go Biden' cry at sprawling Florida retirement community The Villages," 11 Oct. 2020 It’s not a cry that might be expected to resound in The Villages, and it’s certainly not one that is encouraging to President Donald Trump. Tamara Lush, Anchorage Daily News, "A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages," 10 Oct. 2020 It’s not a cry that might be expected to resound in The Villages, and it’s certainly not one that is encouraging to President Donald Trump. Tamara Lush, orlandosentinel.com, "A senior warning sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ cry at Villages," 10 Oct. 2020 Sometimes a big, cathartic cry is just what's needed to make it through a tough week. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "35 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cry

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cry

Verb

Middle English crien, from Anglo-French crier, from Latin quiritare to make a public outcry, perhaps from Quirit-, Quiris, Roman citizen

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French cri, derivative of crier "to cry entry 1"

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The first known use of cry was in the 13th century

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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cry. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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cry

verb
How to pronounce cry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce tears from your eyes often while making loud sounds because of pain, sorrow, or other strong emotions
: to shout or say something loudly
of a bird or animal : to make the loud sound that is usual for a particular type of bird or animal

cry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud sound that someone makes to express pain, hunger, sadness, etc.
: something that is said loudly : a shout or call
: a loud sound made by an animal or bird

cry

verb
\ ˈkrī How to pronounce cry (audio) \
cried; crying

Kids Definition of cry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shed tears : weep
2 : to make a loud call : shout, exclaim “Wait!” she cried as the car drove away.
3 : to utter a special sound or call We could hear gulls crying through the fog.

cry

noun
plural cries

Kids Definition of cry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud call or shout (as of pain, fear, or joy)
2 : appeal entry 1 sense 2 a cry for help
3 : an act or period of weeping When she left, I had a good cry.
4 : the special sound made by an animal a hawk's cry

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