What is the meaning of cry?


  • A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition.
    • usage: "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
  • A loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate. )
    • usage: "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain"
  • A slogan used to rally support for a cause.
    • usage: "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"
  • A fit of weeping.
    • usage: "had a good cry"
  • The characteristic utterance of an animal.
    • usage: "animal cries filled the night"


  • Utter a sudden loud cry.
    • usage: "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
  • Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain.
    • usage: "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"
  • Utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy.
    • usage: "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
  • Proclaim or announce in public.
    • usage: "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"
  • Demand immediate action.
    • usage: "This situation is crying for attention"
  • Utter a characteristic sound.
    • usage: "The cat was crying"
  • Bring into a particular state by crying.
    • usage: "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
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APAWordNet. (2010). cry. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/cry/definitions/1218640
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MLAWordNet. "cry" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/cry/definitions/1218640>
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