cry out

Definition of cry out

  1. 1 :  to make a loud sound because of pain, fear, surprise, etc. She cried out in pain.

  2. 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. 3 —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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to utter loudly :  shout

    :  beg, beseech

    :  to proclaim publicly :  advertise

  1. :  an instance of crying: such as

    :  an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain

    :  outcry, clamor

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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