Definitions for: Cry

[n] a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
[n] a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
[n] a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain"
[n] a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"
[n] the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"
[v] 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"
[v] bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town cryer would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"
[v] utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
[v] demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cry (kr[imac]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cried (kr[imac]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Crying.] [F. crier, cf. L. quiritare to
raise a plaintive cry, scream, shriek, perh. fr. queri to
complain; cf. Skr. cvas to pant, hiss, sigh. Cf. Quarrel a
brawl, Querulous.]
1. To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently
or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to
pray; to implore.

And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud
voice. -- Matt.
xxvii. 46.

Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice.

Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto
thee. -- Ps. xxviii.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord. --Is. xl. 3.

Some cried after him to return. --Bunyan.

2. To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain,
grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears;
to bawl, as a child.

Ye shall cry for sorrow of heart. --Is. lxv. 14.

I could find it in my heart to disgrace my man's
apparel and to cry like a woman. --Shak.

3. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals.

The young ravens which cry. --Ps. cxlvii.

In a cowslip's bell I lie There I couch when owls do
cry. --Shak.

To cry on or upon, to call upon the name of; to beseech.
``No longer on Saint Denis will we cry.'' --Shak.

To cry out.
(a) To exclaim; to vociferate; to scream; to clamor.
(b) To complain loudly; to lament.

To cry out against, to complain loudly of; to censure; to

To cry out on or upon, to denounce; to censure. ``Cries
out upon abuses.'' --Shak.

To cry to, to call on in prayer; to implore.

To cry you mercy, to beg your pardon. ``I cry you mercy,
madam; was it you?'' --Shak.

Cry, v. t.
1. To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad;
to declare publicly.

All, all, cry shame against ye, yet I 'll speak.

The man . . . ran on,crying, Life! life! Eternal
life! --Bunyan.

2. To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by
crying or weeping; as, to cry one's self to sleep.

3. 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.

Love is lost, and thus she cries him. --Crashaw.

4. Hence, to publish the banns of, as for marriage.

I should not be surprised if they were cried in
church next Sabbath. --Judd.

To cry aim. See under Aim.

To cry down, to decry; to depreciate; to dispraise; to

Men of dissolute lives cry down religion, because
they would not be under the restraints of it.

To cry out, to proclaim; to shout. ``Your gesture cries it
out.'' --Shak.

To cry quits, to propose, or declare, the abandonment of a

To cry up, to enhance the value or reputation of by public
and noisy praise; to extol; to laud publicly or urgently.

Cry (kr?), n.; pl. Cries (kr?z). [F. cri, fr. crier to
cry. See Cry, v. i. ]
1. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound
produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of
hounds; the cry of wolves. --Milton.

2. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand.

Again that cry was found to have been as
unreasonable as ever. --Macaulay.

3. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with
tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation.

There shall be a great cry throughout all the land.
--Ex. xi. 6.

An infant crying in the night, An infant crying for
the light; And with no language but a cry.

4. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular
acclamation or favor. --Swift.

The cry went once on thee. --Shak.

5. Importunate supplication.

O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls. --Shak.

6. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by
hawkers of their wares.

The street cries of London. --Mayhew.

7. Common report; fame.

The cry goes that you shall marry her. --Shak.

8. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and
repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories.

All now depends upon a good cry. --Beaconsfield.

9. A pack of hounds. --Milton.

A cry more tunable Was never hollaed to, nor cheered
with horn. --Shak.

10. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt.

Would not this . . . get me a fellowship in a cry
of players? --Shak.

11. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent
back and forth.

A far cry, a long distance; -- in allusion to the sending
of criers or messengers through the territory of a
Scottish clan with an announcement or summons.

Synonyms: blazon out, call, call out, cry out, exclaim, outcry, outcry, shout, shout, vociferation, weep, yell

Antonyms: express joy, express mirth, laugh

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