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English noun: cry

1. cry (communication) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition


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


Synonymscall, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell


Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization


Narrower (hyponym)battle cry, bellow, bellowing, bird, blue murder, boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, halloo, hiss, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, hoot, hoot, hosanna, hue and cry, noise, rallying cry, raspberry, razz, razzing, roar, roaring, scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shouting, shriek, shrieking, snort, war cry, war whoop, whoop, yelling, yodel, yowl

2. cry (communication) a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)


SamplesA cry of rage.
A yell of pain.


Synonymsyell


Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization


Narrower (hyponym)complaint

3. cry (communication) a slogan used to rally support for a cause


SamplesA cry to arms.
Our watchword will be `democracy'.


Synonymsbattle cry, rallying cry, war cry, watchword


Broader (hypernym)catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan

4. cry (communication) a fit of weeping


SamplesHad a good cry.


Broader (hypernym)blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst

5. cry (event) the characteristic utterance of an animal


SamplesAnimal cries filled the night.


Broader (hypernym)sound


Narrower (hyponym)baa, bark, bay, bleat, bray, cackle, caterwaul, caw, cheep, cluck, clucking, coo, crow, gobble, growl, growling, honk, howl, meow, mew, miaou, miaow, miaul, moo, neigh, nicker, peep, roar, whicker, whinny, yelp, yelping, yip


English verb: cry

1. cry (communication) utter a sudden loud cry


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


Synonymscall, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter


Narrower (hyponym)halloo, hollo, howl, hurrah, pipe, pipe up, roar, screak, screech, shriek, shrill, skreak, skreigh, squawk, ululate, wail, whoop, yaup, yawl


Verb groupcall, call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout

2. cry (body) shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain


SamplesShe 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.


Synonymsweep


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)express emotion, express feelings


Narrower (hyponym)bawl, blub, blubber, mewl, pule, sniffle, snivel, snuffle, sob, tear, wail, whimper


Verb groupcry


Antonymsexpress joy, express mirth, laugh

3. cry (communication) utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy


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


ExamplesThey cry that there was a traffic accident


Synonymscall out, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize


Narrower (hyponym)aah, gee, ooh


Verb groupcall, call out, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

4. cry (communication) proclaim or announce in public


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


Synonymsblazon out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)announce, denote

5. cry (consumption) demand immediate action


SamplesThis situation is crying for attention.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)need, require, want

6. cry (communication) utter a characteristic sound


SamplesThe cat was crying.


ExamplesYou can hear animals cry in the meadows, The meadows cry with animals


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

7. cry (body) bring into a particular state by crying


SamplesThe little boy cried himself to sleep.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Verb groupcry, weep









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