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Definition of Cry


  1. To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore.
  2. To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child.
  3. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals.
  4. To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad; to declare publicly.
  5. To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping; as, to cry one's self to sleep.
  6. To make oral and public proclamation of; to declare publicly; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, ets.; as, to cry goods, etc.
  7. to publish the banns of, as for marriage.
  8. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals; as, the cry of hounds; the cry of wolves.
  9. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand.
  10. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation.
  11. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor.
  12. Importunate supplication.
  13. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares.
  14. Common report; fame.
  15. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect; as, the party cry of the Tories.
  16. A pack of hounds.
  17. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt.
  18. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth.

Cry Quotations

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
Maya Angelou

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
William Shakespeare

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekananda

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Khalil Gibran
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Cry Translations

cry in Dutch is schreeuw, roep, kreet
cry in French is cri, jacasser, gri, pleurer
cry in German is schreien, Schrei, Schrei, rufen, weinen, Ruf
cry in Italian is grido, gridare
cry in Latin is fleo, clamor, quiritatio
cry in Portuguese is grito, chorar
cry in Spanish is llorar, lamento, grito, clamar

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