cry·​ing | \ ˈkrī-iŋ How to pronounce crying (audio) \

Definition of crying

1 : calling for notice a crying need
2 : notorious, heinous a crying shame

Examples of crying in a Sentence

a crying need for more activities for young people in this town
Recent Examples on the Web But his crying scene in Ford v Ferrari is one for the ages. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of crying

circa 1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crying was circa 1605

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“Crying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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