cries, crying, cried
1) VERB When you cry, tears come from your eyes, usually because you are unhappy or hurt.

I hung up the phone and started to cry...

Please don't cry...

[V with n] He cried with anger and frustration.

[V-ing] ...a crying baby.

Derived words:
crying N-UNCOUNT usu with poss

She had been unable to sleep for three days because of her 13-week-old son's crying.

Cry is also a noun.

A nurse patted me on the shoulder and said, `You have a good cry, dear.'

2) VERB If you cry something, you shout it or say it loudly.

[V with quote] `Nancy Drew,' she cried, `you're under arrest!'...

[V with quote] I cried: `It's wonderful news!' [Also V that]

Cry out means the same as cry.

V P with quote `You're wrong, quite wrong!' Henry cried out, suddenly excited... Also V P n V P that According to the legend, she cried out that no storm was going to stop her from finishing her ride.

3) N-COUNT: oft N of n A cry is a loud, high sound that you make when you feel a strong emotion such as fear, pain, or pleasure.

A cry of horror broke from me...

Her brother gave a cry of recognition...

With a cry, she rushed forward.

4) N-COUNT: oft N of/for n A cry is a shouted word or phrase, usually one that is intended to attract someone's attention.
See also , rallying cry

Thousands of Ukrainians burst into cries of `bravo' on the steps of the parliament...

Passers-by heard his cries for help.

5) N-COUNT: usu N of/for n You can refer to a public protest about something or appeal for something as a cry of some kind. [JOURNALISM]

There have been cries of outrage about this expenditure...

Many other countries have turned a deaf ear to their cries for help.

6) N-COUNT A bird's or animal's cry is the loud, high sound that it makes.

...the cry of a seagull.

7) See also crying
8) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR n Something that is a far cry from something else is very different from it.

Their lives are a far cry from his own poor childhood.

9) PHRASE: v-link PHR When someone is in full cry, they are expressing their views very strongly or are very active.

The main opposition party is already in full cry over this mishandling of security.

10) EXCLAM, PHR with cl (feelings) You use the expression for crying out loud in order to show that you are annoyed or impatient, or to add force to a question or request. [INFORMAL, SPOKEN]

I mean, what's he ever done in his life, for crying out loud?

11) to cry your eyes outsee eye
a shoulder to cry onsee shoulder
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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