Definitions of cry

  1. proclaim or announce in public; " before we had newspapers, a town cryer would cry the news"; " He cried his merchandise in the market square"
  2. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; " the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
  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"
  4. demand immediate action; " This situation is crying for attention"
  5. a fit of weeping; " had a good cry"
  6. a loud utterance of emotion ( especially when inarticulate); " a cry of rage"; " a yell of pain"
  7. the characteristic utterance of an animal; " animal cries filled the night"
  8. 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"
  9. bring into a particular state by crying; " The little boy cried himself to sleep"
  10. 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"
  11. utter a characteristic sound; " The cat was crying"
  12. a slogan used to rally support for a cause; " a cry to arms"; " our watchword will be ` democracy'"
  13. To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore.
  14. To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child.
  15. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals.
  16. To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad; to declare publicly.
  17. To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping; as, to cry one's self to sleep.
  18. To make oral and public proclamation of; to declare publicly; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, ets.; as, to cry goods, etc.
  19. to publish the banns of, as for marriage.
  20. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of hounds; the cry of wolves.
  21. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand.
  22. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation.
  23. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor.
  24. Importunate supplication.
  25. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares.
  26. Common report; fame.
  27. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories.
  28. A pack of hounds.
  29. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt.
  30. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth.
  31. To call aloud; to complain or appeal loudly; exclaim vehemently; shed tears.
  32. To utter loudly and publicly in giving notice; to affect or cause by weeping.
  33. Loud or passionate utterance; as, a cry of fear, pain, triumph; etc.; demand; as, the cry for liberty; report; the characteristic call of an animal; a fit of weeping.
  34. Cried.
  35. Crying.
  36. 1. A loud inarticulate vocal utterance. 2. To make a loud vocal sound. 3. To weep.
  37. To utter a shrill loud sound. esp. one expressive of pain or grief: to lament: to weep: to bawl.
  38. To utter loudly: to proclaim or make public:- pa. t. and pa. p. cried.
  39. Any loud sound: particular sound uttered by an animal: bawling: lamentation: weeping: prayer: clamor:- pl. CRIES.
  40. CRIER.
  41. To be in the act of giving birth to a child: sometimes followed by out. Shak.
  42. A loud sound; shrill call.
  43. To call aloud; bawl; weep.
  44. To utter loudly; proclaim.
  45. To utter loudly; shout out; proclaim.
  46. To call loudly; shout.
  47. To utter lamentations; weep.
  48. A loud call; shout; yell.
  49. The act of weeping.
  50. Advertisement by outcry; proclamation; public demand.
  51. A loud or vehement sound, especially of weeping or lamentation; call; exclamation of triumph, wonder, or other passion; shout; proclamation; public notice, as by a hawker of his wares; bitter complaint of oppression and injustice; rumour; party call; the sound or voice of irrational animals; expression of joy, fright, alarm, or want; a pack of dogs; a pack.
  52. To proclaim loudly and publicly in giving notice. To cry down, to decry; to depreciate. To cry up, to praise; to applaud.
  53. To call loudly or vehemently or importunately; to utter a loud voice in weeping; to weep or lament; to proclaim; to bawl; to squall; to yelp. To cry against, to exclaim with a loud voice, by way of reproof, threatening, or censure. To cry out, to exclaim; to vociferate; to clamour. To cry out against, to complain loudly, with a view to censure; to blame. To cry to, to implore.
  54. To utter a loud voice; to speak or call loudly; to utter a voice in weeping or sorrow; to lament; to squall as a child; to proclaim.

Usage examples for cry

  1. She was just going up to the door when she heard her husband's cry. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  2. Did you cry 'cause you couldn't go?" – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  3. He had been making her cry, said Augustine. – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. Then she anxiously got to her feet, much too soon, and when I said good- by to her at the car door she was ready to cry. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  5. Cry all you want to. – A Daughter of the Union by Lucy Foster Madison
  6. The Indian heard the death- cry and the fall; Still o'er the wild scene hung the funeral pall! – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  7. This letter, Stubbins, is their last cry for help." – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  8. The man heard Carlin's cry but not the words: " Stay there!" – Son of Power by Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost
  9. They cry for mercy!" – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  10. We've nothing to cry over. – Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories by Kathleen Norris
  11. He felt that he must cry out for her, like a very child. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  12. No, he would not cry any more. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  13. What a cry from the heart! – A Top-Floor Idyl by George van Schaick
  14. No man likes to be thought a cry- baby. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  15. That's the reason that book made me cry. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  16. Why may I not also here cry out? – The Apology of the Augsburg Confession by Philip Melanchthon
  17. A far, far cry. – A Maid of Many Moods by Virna Sheard
  18. Don't cry any more now. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  19. Her won't do nothing at home, let me cry after her as I will. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  20. There was a cry from Kitty. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward