Cry - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kraɪ|  American pronunciation of the word cry
Brit.  |kraɪ|  British pronunciation of the word cry


- a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition (syn: call, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell)
- a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate) (syn: yell)
a cry of rage
- a slogan used to rally support for a cause (syn: watchword)
a cry to arms
- a fit of weeping
had a good cry
- the characteristic utterance of an animal


- utter a sudden loud cry (syn: call, holler, hollo, scream, shout, squall, yell)
- shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain (syn: weep)
- utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy (syn: call out, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout)
- proclaim or announce in public
before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news
- demand immediate action
This situation is crying for attention
- utter a characteristic sound
The cat was crying
- bring into a particular state by crying

Extra examples

The baby is crying. Is she okay?

Some people cry more easily than others.

He cried silently while the song played.

She cried all the way home from school that day.

She couldn't imagine why anyone would cry over a stupid movie.

She was crying with relief.

They cried tears of joy.

“Help,” he cried, “Get a doctor! Quick!”

I heard someone cry “Wait!” but the train pulled away anyway.

She'd never heard the sound of sea gulls crying by the shore.

The baby's cry woke me out of a deep sleep.

There was a cry of “Fire” and we all rushed for the exits.

The children were playing a game and their happy cries echoed through the house.

Seagulls on the cliffs cried loudly.

With a cry, she rushed forward.

Phrasal verbs

cry out  — utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cry
he/she/it: cries
present participle: crying
past tense: cried
past participle: cried
singular: cry
plural: cries
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