cry

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: cry

1
vn
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
a fit of weeping
2
nv
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
utter a sudden loud cry
3
v
demand immediate action
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: cry
1

v shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

“She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death”
Synonyms:
weep
Antonyms:
express joy, express mirth, laugh
produce laughter
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mewl, pule, wail, whimper
cry weakly or softly
bawl
cry loudly
tear
fill with tears or shed tears
sob
weep convulsively
blub, blubber, sniffle, snivel, snuffle
cry or whine with snuffling
Type of:
express emotion, express feelings
give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

v bring into a particular state by crying

“The little boy cried himself to sleep”
Synonyms
weep
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

n a fit of weeping

“had a good cry
Type of:
blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst
an unrestrained expression of emotion
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n a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

“the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience”
Synonyms:
call, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
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bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
blue murder
an extravagantly loud outcry
catcall
a cry expressing disapproval
clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry
loud and persistent outcry from many people
halloo
a shout to attract attention
hoot
a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
hosanna
a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
noise
a loud outcry of protest or complaint
scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking
sharp piercing cry
whoop
a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
battle cry, rallying cry, war cry, war whoop
a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
shouting, yelling
uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement
yodel
a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing, snort
a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

n a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)

“a cry of rage”
Synonyms:
yell
Types:
complaint
(formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
exclamation
a loud complaint or protest or reproach
lament, lamentation, plaint, wail
a cry of sorrow and grief
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

n a slogan used to rally support for a cause

“a cry to arms”
Synonyms:
battle cry, rallying cry, war cry, watchword
Type of:
catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan
a favorite saying of a sect or political group

n the characteristic utterance of an animal

“animal cries filled the night”
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baa
the cry made by sheep
bark
the sound made by a dog
bay
the sound of a hound on the scent
bleat
the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
bray
the cry of an ass
cackle
the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
caterwaul
the yowling sound made by a cat in heat
caw
the sound made by corvine birds
cheep, peep
the short weak cry of a young bird
cluck, clucking
the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
coo
the sound made by a pigeon
crow
the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)
gobble
the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock
growl, growling
the sound of growling (as made by animals)
honk
the cry of a goose (or any sound resembling this)
howl
the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
meow, mew, miaou, miaow, miaul
the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
moo
the sound made by a cow or bull
neigh, nicker, whicker, whinny
the characteristic sounds made by a horse
roar
the sound made by a lion
yelp, yelping, yip
a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)
bow-wow
the bark of a dog
cock-a-doodle-doo
an imitation of the crow of a cock
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v utter a sudden loud cry

“she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle”
Synonyms:
call, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
call
utter in a loud voice or announce
call out, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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hollo
cry hollo
hurrah
shout `hurrah!'
halloo
shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
whoop
shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
utter a shrill cry
howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
emit long loud cries
screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
utter a harsh abrupt scream
caterwaul, yowl
utter shrieks, as of cats
squall, waul, wawl
make high-pitched, whiney noises
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

“`Help!' she cried
Synonyms:
call out, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
call, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry
call out
call out loudly, as of names or numbers
Types:
gee
give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
aah, ooh
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v proclaim or announce in public

“before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news”
“He cried his merchandise in the market square”
Synonyms:
blazon out
Type of:
announce, denote
make known; make an announcement

v utter a characteristic sound

“The cat was crying
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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v demand immediate action

“This situation is crying for attention”
Type of:
need, require, want
have need of
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