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CRY (cried, crying, cryings)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cry mean? 

CRY (noun)
  The noun CRY has 5 senses:

1. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
2. a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
3. a slogan used to rally support for a cause
4. a fit of weeping
5. the characteristic utterance of an animal

  Familiarity information: CRY used as a noun is common.


CRY (verb)
  The verb CRY has 7 senses:

1. utter a sudden loud cry
2. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
3. utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
4. proclaim or announce in public
5. demand immediate action
6. utter a characteristic sound
7. bring into a particular state by crying

  Familiarity information: CRY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRY (noun)


Sense 1cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

yell; vociferation; shout; outcry; cry; call

Context example:

the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience

Hypernyms ("cry" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cry"):

bellow; bellowing; holla; holler; hollering; hollo; holloa; roar; roaring; yowl (a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal))

bird; boo; Bronx cheer; hiss; hoot; raspberry; razz; razzing; snort (a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt)

yodel (a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto)

shouting; yelling (uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement)

battle cry; rallying cry; war cry; war whoop (a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle)

whoop (a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement)

scream; screaming; screech; screeching; shriek; shrieking (sharp piercing cry)

noise (a loud outcry of protest or complaint)

hosanna (a cry of praise or adoration (to God))

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))


Sense 2cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cry; yell

Context examples:

a cry of rage / a yell of pain

Hypernyms ("cry" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cry"):

complaint ((formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow)


Sense 3cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slogan used to rally support for a cause

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

watchword; rallying cry; war cry; battle cry; cry

Context examples:

a cry to arms / our watchword will be 'democracy'

Hypernyms ("cry" is a kind of...):

catchword; motto; shibboleth; slogan (a favorite saying of a sect or political group)


Sense 4cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fit of weeping

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

had a good cry

Hypernyms ("cry" is a kind of...):

blowup; ebullition; effusion; gush; outburst (an unrestrained expression of emotion)


Sense 5cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The characteristic utterance of an animal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

animal cries filled the night

Hypernyms ("cry" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cry"):

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))

crow (the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it))

coo (the sound made by a pigeon)

cluck; clucking (the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks))

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)


CRY (verb)


Sense 1cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter a sudden loud cry

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

yell; shout out; scream; cry; holler; shout; squall; hollo; call

Context examples:

she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle / I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cry"):

howl; roar; ululate; wail; yaup; yawl (emit long loud cries)

pipe; pipe up; shriek; shrill (utter a shrill cry)

whoop (shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm)

halloo (shout 'halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention)

hurrah (shout 'hurrah!')

hollo (cry hollo)

screak; screech; skreak; skreigh; squawk (utter a harsh abrupt scream)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Also:

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


Sense 2cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

weep; cry

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

express emotion; express feelings (give verbal or other expression to one's feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cry"):

blub; blubber; sniffle; snivel; snuffle (cry or whine with snuffling)

sob (weep convulsively)

tear (fill with tears or shed tears)

bawl (cry loudly)

mewl; pule; wail; whimper (cry weakly or softly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Antonym:

laugh (produce laughter)


Sense 3cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

exclaim; cry out; call out; outcry; cry; shout

Context examples:

'I won!' he exclaimed / 'Help!' she cried / 'I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

express; give tongue to; utter; verbalise; verbalize (articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cry"):

gee (give a command to a horse to turn to the right side)

aah; ooh (express admiration and pleasure by uttering 'ooh' or 'aah')

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They cry that there was a traffic accident


Sense 4cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Proclaim or announce in public

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

blazon out; cry

Context examples:

before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news / He cried his merchandise in the market square

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

announce; denote (make known; make an announcement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Demand immediate action

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

This situation is crying for attention

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

need; require; want (have need of)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 6cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter a characteristic sound

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The cat was crying

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

You can hear animals cry in the meadows
The meadows cry with animals


Sense 7cry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring into a particular state by crying

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

The little boy cried himself to sleep

Hypernyms (to "cry" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


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