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Verb: cry  krI
  1. Utter a sudden loud cry
    "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle";
    - shout, shout out, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo [non-standard], squall
     
  2. Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
    "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death";
    - weep
     
  3. Utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    "'Help!' she cried"; "'I won!' he cried out";
    - exclaim, cry out, outcry, call out, shout
     
  4. Proclaim or announce in public
    "He cried his merchandise in the market square"; "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news";
    - blazon out
     
  5. Demand immediate action
    "This situation is crying for attention"
     
  6. Utter a characteristic sound
    "The cat was crying"
     
  7. Bring into a particular state by crying
    "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
Noun: cry  krI
  1. A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
    "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience";
    - outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation
     
  2. A loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
    "a cry of rage";
    - yell
     
  3. A slogan used to rally support for a cause
    "a cry to arms"; "a war cry to arms"; "a rallying cry to arms"; "a battle cry to arms";
    - war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, watchword
     
  4. A fit of weeping
    "had a good cry"
     
  5. The characteristic utterance of an animal
    "animal cries filled the night"

Derived forms: crying, cries, cried

Type of: alter, announce, blowup, catchword, change, denote, ebullition, effusion, emit, express, express emotion, express feelings, give tongue to, gush, let loose, let out, modify, motto, need, outburst, require, shibboleth, slogan, sound, utter, utterance, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, vocalization, want

Antonym: laugh

Encyclopedia: Cry, Yonne