Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a fit of weeping
  2. (noun, communication) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  3. (noun, communication) a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
    a yell of pain
  4. (noun, communication) a slogan used to rally support for a cause
    our watchword will be `democracy'
  5. (noun, event) the characteristic utterance of an animal
  6. (verb, body) shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
    The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs
  7. (verb, body) bring into a particular state by crying
  8. (verb, communication) utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    `Help!' she cried
    `I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost
  9. (verb, communication) utter a sudden loud cry
    I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me
  10. (verb, communication) proclaim or announce in public
    He cried his merchandise in the market square
  11. (verb, communication) utter a characteristic sound
  12. (verb, consumption) demand immediate action

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Antonyms of Cry


Origin of the word Cry

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. crier, from L. quiritare "to wail, shriek," var. of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Most languages, lik… more

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