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cry

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verb \ˈkrī\

Definition of cry

cried

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crying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter loudly :  shout He cried “Wait!” but it was too late.

  3. 2 archaic :  beg, beseech

  4. 3 :  to proclaim publicly :  advertise cry their wares

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to call loudly :  shout She cried out for help.

  7. 2 :  to shed tears often noisily :  weep, sob The child began to cry after she dropped her ice-cream cone.

  8. 3 :  to utter a characteristic sound or call heard the seagulls crying

  9. 4 :  to require or suggest strongly a remedy or disposition (see disposition 1b) … there are a hundred things which cry out for planning … — Roger Burlingame

cry havoc

  1. :  to sound an alarm

cry over spilled milk

  1. :  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

  1. :  to give alarm unnecessarily News organizations have been warned not to cry wolf.

Examples of cry in a Sentence

  1. The baby is crying. Is she okay?

  2. Some people cry more easily than others.

  3. He cried silently while the song played.

  4. She cried all the way home from school that day.

  5. She couldn't imagine why anyone would cry over a stupid movie.

  6. She was crying with relief.

  7. They cried tears of joy.

  8. Help, he cried, Get a doctor! Quick!

  9. I heard someone cry Wait! but the train pulled away anyway.

  10. She'd never heard the sound of sea gulls crying by the shore.

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Origin and Etymology of cry

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


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cry

noun

Definition of cry

plural

cries

  1. 1 :  an instance of crying: such asa :  an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or painb obsolete :  outcry, clamor

  2. 2a obsolete :  proclamationb cries plural, Scottish :  banns

  3. 3 :  entreaty, appeal a cry for help

  4. 4 :  a loud shout

  5. 5 :  watchword, slogan

  6. 6a :  common reportb :  a general opinion

  7. 7 :  the public voice raised in protest or approval

  8. 8 :  a fit of weeping

  9. 9 :  the characteristic sound or call of an animal

  10. 10a :  a pack of houndsb (1) :  pursuit —used in the phrase in full cry hounds in full cry (2) :  a peak of activity or excitement —used in the phrase in full cry a campaign in full cry

Examples of cry in a Sentence

  1. The baby's cry woke me out of a deep sleep.

  2. There was a cry of Fire and we all rushed for the exits.

  3. The children were playing a game and their happy cries echoed through the house.

  4. the wild cry of a coyote

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Origin and Etymology of cry

see 1cry


cry-

combining form
variants: or

cryo-

Definition of cry-

  1. :  cold :  freezing cryonics cryogen

Origin and Etymology of cry-

German kryo-, from Greek, from kryos — more at crust


CRY Defined for English Language Learners

cry

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verb

Definition of cry for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cry for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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cry

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verb \ˈkrī\

Definition of cry for Students

cried

;

crying

  1. 1 :  to shed tears :  weep

  2. 2 :  to make a loud call :  shout, exclaim “Wait!” she cried as the car drove away.

  3. 3 :  to utter a special sound or call We could hear gulls crying through the fog.


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cry

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noun

Definition of cry for Students

plural

cries

  1. 1 :  a loud call or shout (as of pain, fear, or joy)

  2. 2 :  1appeal 2 a cry for help

  3. 3 :  an act or period of weeping When she left, I had a good cry.

  4. 4 :  the special sound made by an animal a hawk's cry



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