verb (used without object), cried, cry·ing.
verb (used with object), cried, cry·ing.
noun, plural cries.
- a pack of hounds.
- a continuous baying of a hound or a pack in following a scent.
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Idioms for cry
- quite some distance; a long way.
- only remotely related; very different: This treatment is a far cry from that which we received before.
Origin of cry
synonym study for cry
OTHER WORDS FROM crycoun·ter·cry, noun, plural coun·ter·cries.
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What is a basic definition fo cry?
Cry means to make sad noises along with tears, to yell loudly, or to make an animal’s noise. Cry has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
A person will cry when they are overcome with intense emotion, such as sadness, despair, or joy. Intense pain can also make a person start to cry. Crying can involve tears coming from the eyes or whimpering, sniffling, or other miserable noises or both. Children and babies usually cry more often than adults, but crying is a natural way of expressing an intense feeling.
- Real-life examples: Babies frequently cry to tell their parents there is a problem. Young children cry when they want something or something has upset them. People often cry at funerals. Parents might cry due to happiness at the birth of a new baby.
- Used in a sentence: He cried from joy when he saw that his daughter was safe.
This sense is also used as a noun to mean an act of crying.
- Used in a sentence: I had a long cry yesterday.
Cry can also mean to shout or yell really loudly. This sense of cry is sometimes followed by the word out.
- Used in a sentence: I cried out to my sister to warn her of the oncoming car.
When animals cry, they are making a distinct noise. This sense of cry is used similarly to words like yelp, bark, screech, and howl.
- Used in a sentence: I heard wolves cry in the woods.
In this sense, cry is also used as a noun to mean a particular noise that an animal makes.
- Used in a sentence: My dog gave a long, loud cry.
Where does cry come from?
The first records of cry come from around 1175. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb quirītāre, meaning “to call for help.”
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What are some other forms related to cry?
- crier (noun)
- countercry (noun)
What are some synonyms for cry?
What are some words that share a root or word element with cry?
What are some words that often get used in discussing cry?
How is cry used in real life?
Cry is a very common word that most often means to make noises while having tears come out of your eyes.
I’m going to cry during these speeches, aren’t I?
— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) November 8, 2020
It’s a Christmas movie if it makes me cry at some point
— Danielle SepulVEEP is the greatest show (@ellesep) December 25, 2020
I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I can’t stop crying after watching the season 2 finale of the Mandalorian 😭
— Eugenia Cooney (@Eugenia_Cooney) December 19, 2020
Try using cry!
True or False?
People only cry when they are sad.
How to use cry in a sentence
She’s the closest thing on the train to a doctor, and following cries for help, she rushes to save the woman with a defibrillator.Stream or Skip? A Synthetic Biologist’s Review of ‘Biohackers’ on Netflix|Elsa Sotiriadis|September 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
It’s a far cry from previous platform rollouts like Facebook Watch and Snapchat Discover when big-name publisher partners were proudly included in the launch announcements.‘There’s no revenue on it’: Why publishers aren’t prioritizing Instagram Reels|Lara O'Reilly|August 13, 2020|Digiday
Members should be well prepared to ask questions – a far cry from the days when Alaska Senator Ted Stevens infamously described the internet as “a series of tubes” in a net neutrality hearing nearly 15 years ago.Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook set to preview antitrust defenses before Congress|Greg Sterling|July 28, 2020|Search Engine Land
San Diego’s water utility is preparing to absorb a five percent spike in rates this year despite cries from elected officials to freeze costs during a global pandemic.Environment Report: Why Your Water Bill Might Spike|MacKenzie Elmer|July 27, 2020|Voice of San Diego
They heard the crash and the cry as the chair went out from under her feet and she fell on the floor.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 9, 2020|Freakonomics
“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Both the Ramos sons squeezed their eyes and lowered their heads, doing their best not to cry.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has long been a battle cry in conservative circles that Christmas is under siege.
Kendrick rapidly chants these last lines in repetition with Bilal and Anna Wise sing-shouting behind him, like a rallying cry.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track|Charlise Ferguson|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
I could have sworn I heard a cry, and one of my men spoke in a tone that assured me my imagination had not been playing a trick.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
A sob rose in her throat, and broke from her lips transformed into a trembling, sharp, glad cry.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Antirosa had decided it was better to let the children "have their cry out," and the boy had gone to school.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for cry
verb cries, crying or cried
noun plural cries
- a long way
- something very different