What is the meaning of crying?


  • The process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds. )
    • usage: "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"


  • 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"


  • Demanding attention.
    • usage: "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous- H. L. Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"
  • Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.
    • usage: "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"
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