cry out

phrasal verb
cried out; crying out; cries out

Definition of cry out

1 : to make a loud sound because of pain, fear, surprise, etc. She cried out in pain.
2 : to speak in a loud voice : to say something loudly or from a distance We could hear them on the shore crying out to us, so we waved. She cried out for help.
3 used to say that something clearly needs or should have a particular thing, person, use, etc. often + to beA chair like this cries out to be used, not kept in some museum.The meal cried out to be eaten with a nice white wine. often + forThe meal cried out for a nice white wine.The job cries out for someone who's not afraid to take chances.

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“Cry out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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