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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.


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.


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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