cry out

phrasal verb

cried out; crying out; cries out
: to make a loud sound because of pain, fear, surprise, etc.
She cried out in pain.
: 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.
used to say that something clearly needs or should have a particular thing, person, use, etc.
often + to be
A 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 + for
The meal cried out for a nice white wine.
The job cries out for someone who's not afraid to take chances.

Examples of cry out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chorus of the living, dying and dead solemnly intones and angrily cries out. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 There were cracks in the dams, another man cried out. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 The neighborhood’s entrancing past cried out from under the layers of lead paint; the effort of individuals to beautify their homes gained an ethical dimension when viewed as a collective mission of curation. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 As was the case over 25 years ago, about every 20 minutes there’s a simulated thunderstorm during which the animals cry out as lightning, thunder and drizzling rain fill the room. Linze Rice, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 Diamanda Galás, the powerful vocalist whose avant-garde compositions cry out for humanity, has penned a letter condemning Lauren Pazienza, the woman who last year killed Galás’ friend, Barbara Gustern. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 5 Sep. 2023 From the desert suburbs outside Los Angeles to the rolling hills along the Ohio River to the Jersey Shore, residents are crying out against solar farms, wind turbines and new power lines. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 The baby was alone and clearly distressed, crying out for its family. Seth Carnell, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 This cries out for roast or grilled chicken or pork, and maybe a plane ticket to New Zealand. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Cry out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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