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Meaning & Definition of Cry in English

English

Cry

/kraɪ/

noun

1. A loud utterance

  • Often in protest or opposition
  • "The speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
    synonym:
  • cry
  • ,
  • outcry
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • yell
  • ,
  • shout
  • ,
  • vociferation

2. A loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)

  • "A cry of rage"
  • "A yell of pain"
    synonym:
  • cry
  • ,
  • yell

3. A slogan used to rally support for a cause

  • "A cry to arms"
  • "Our watchword will be `democracy'"
    synonym:
  • war cry
  • ,
  • rallying cry
  • ,
  • battle cry
  • ,
  • cry
  • ,
  • watchword

4. A fit of weeping

  • "Had a good cry"
    synonym:
  • cry

5. The characteristic utterance of an animal

  • "Animal cries filled the night"
    synonym:
  • cry

verb

1. Utter a sudden loud cry

  • "She cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"
  • "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    synonym:
  • shout
  • ,
  • shout out
  • ,
  • cry
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • yell
  • ,
  • scream
  • ,
  • holler
  • ,
  • hollo
  • ,
  • squall

2. Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

  • "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"
  • "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"
    synonym:
  • cry
  • ,
  • weep

3. Utter aloud

  • Often with surprise, horror, or joy
  • "`i won!' he exclaimed"
  • "`help!' she cried"
  • "`i'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
    synonym:
  • exclaim
  • ,
  • cry
  • ,
  • cry out
  • ,
  • outcry
  • ,
  • call out
  • ,
  • shout

4. Proclaim or announce in public

  • "Before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"
  • "He cried his merchandise in the market square"
    synonym:
  • cry
  • ,
  • blazon out

5. Demand immediate action

  • "This situation is crying for attention"
    synonym:
  • cry

6. Utter a characteristic sound

  • "The cat was crying"
    synonym:
  • cry

7. Bring into a particular state by crying

  • "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
    synonym:
  • cry

Examples of using

I cry all the time.
Why did you cry?
It made my mother cry.