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cry

verb

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1 to shed tears often while making meaningless sounds as a sign of pain or distress
  • some kids started to cry even before the doctor had given them their shot

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2 to utter one's distinctive animal sound
  • we knew that we were getting very close to the ocean when we could hear sea gulls crying

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3 to speak so as to be heard at a distance
  • a mother crying for help

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cry

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of cry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a loud vocal expression of strong emotion
  • a cry of despair arose when the smoke of the bomb blast cleared

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2 a natural vocal sound made by an animal
  • the lonesome cry of a coyote

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3 an attention-getting word or phrase used to publicize something (as a campaign or product)
  • "A chance to change America" was the cry on which the candidate was hoping to win the White House

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4 an earnest request
  • the king was deaf to their cries

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5 a sudden short emotional utterance
  • cries of disbelief greeted the announcement of the surprise winner for best picture

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

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“Cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cry. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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