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cry

 
 
pronunciation:
kraI
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
phrases:
cry over spilt milk, cry over spilled milk, a far cry
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: cries, crying, cried
definition 1: to weep or shed tears as the result of pain or emotion.
I cried when I heard the news of his death.It's normal for babies to cry quite a lot.
 
synonyms:
weep
antonyms:
laugh
similar words:
bawl, blubber, mewl, pule, snivel, sob, wail, whimper
definition 2: to utter a loud noise such as a shout or yell (sometimes fol. by "out").
The elderly man fell and cried out for help.
synonyms:
call, holler, shout, yell
antonyms:
whisper
similar words:
bawl, bellow, clamor, howl, scream, screech, shriek, squall, squeal, wail, yelp
definition 3: to make a sound or call characteristic of an animal.
The hawk cried as it dove from the sky.
synonyms:
howl
similar words:
bleat, bray, call, caterwaul, screech, shriek, squawk, squeal, whoop
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to shout (something) loudly.
She tramped through the woods, crying the child's name.
synonyms:
call, holler, shout, yell
antonyms:
whisper
similar words:
bawl, roar, scream, screech, shriek, squeal
definition 2: to change one's state or condition as a result of weeping.
The child cried himself to sleep.
synonyms:
sob, weep
similar words:
bawl
definition 3: (archaic) to implore or beg for; entreat.
The captive cried mercy.
synonyms:
beg, entreat, implore
similar words:
ask, beseech
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phrase: cry over spilt milk
phrase: cry over spilled milk
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: cries
definition 1: a loud shout or yell.
She let out a cry when she stubbed her toe.
synonyms:
call, holler, shout, yell
antonyms:
whisper
similar words:
bawl, hail, howl, scream, screech, shriek, squeal, wail, yelp
definition 2: a short period of weeping.
I felt better after I'd had a cry.
similar words:
weep
definition 3: an appeal.
From under the rubble came a cry for help.
synonyms:
appeal, entreaty, plea
similar words:
call, supplication
definition 4: a widespread public complaint; clamor.
There was a great cry for the mayor's resignation.
synonyms:
call, clamor, outcry
similar words:
demand
definition 5: the call of any of various animals.
In the distance, we heard the cry of a wolf.
synonyms:
call
similar words:
bleat, bray, caterwaul, howl, shriek, squawk, squeal, whinny, whoop
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phrase: a far cry
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