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crying

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

needing immediate attention
  • a crying need for more activities for young people in this town

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crying

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of crying (Entry 2 of 3)

as in weeping, whining

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crying

verb
present participle of cry

Synonyms & Antonyms of crying (Entry 3 of 3)

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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The first known use of crying was circa 1605

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cry (for)

crying

crying down

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“Crying.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/crying. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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