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Definition 1: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

(... is a kind of cry ) a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto

(... is a kind of cry ) uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement

(... is a kind of cry ) a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle

(... is a kind of cry ) a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement

(... is a kind of cry ) sharp piercing cry

"her screaming attracted the neighbors"

(... is a kind of cry ) a loud outcry of protest or complaint

"the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise" "whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"

(... is a kind of cry ) a cry of praise or adoration (to God)

(... is a kind of cry ) a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)

(... is a kind of cry ) a shout to attract attention

"he gave a great halloo but no one heard him"

(... is a kind of cry ) loud and persistent outcry from many people

"he ignored the clamor of the crowd"

(... is a kind of cry ) a cry expressing disapproval

(... is a kind of cry ) an extravagantly loud outcry

"she screamed blue murder"

(... is a kind of cry ) a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)

"his bellow filled the hallway"

(... is a kind of cry ) a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

Definition 2: a fit of weeping - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had a good cry

(cry is a kind of ...) an unrestrained expression of emotion

Definition 3: a slogan used to rally support for a cause - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cry to arms
  • our watchword will be `democracy'

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) a favorite saying of a sect or political group

Definition 4: a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cry of rage
  • a yell of pain

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

(... is a kind of cry ) (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow

Definition 5: the characteristic utterance of an animal - [noun denoting event]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • animal cries filled the night

(cry is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

(... is a kind of cry ) the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)

(... is a kind of cry ) the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound of growling (as made by animals)

(... is a kind of cry ) the cry of a goose (or any sound resembling this)

(... is a kind of cry ) the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a cow or bull

(... is a kind of cry ) the characteristic sounds made by a horse

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a lion

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a pigeon

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)

(... is a kind of cry ) the cry made by sheep

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a dog

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound of a hound on the scent

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)

(... is a kind of cry ) the cry of an ass

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by a hen after laying an egg

(... is a kind of cry ) the yowling sound made by a cat in heat

(... is a kind of cry ) the sound made by corvine birds

(... is a kind of cry ) the short weak cry of a young bird

(... is a kind of cry ) a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)

Definition 6: shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain - [verb of body]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She 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

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

(... is a kind of cry ) cry weakly or softly

"she wailed with pain"

(... is a kind of cry ) cry loudly

"Don't bawl in public!"

(... is a kind of cry ) fill with tears or shed tears

"Her eyes were tearing"

(... is a kind of cry ) weep convulsively

"He was sobbing inconsolably"

(... is a kind of cry ) cry or whine with snuffling

"Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) bring into a particular state by crying

"The little boy cried himself to sleep"

Definition 7: bring into a particular state by crying - [verb of body]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The little boy cried himself to sleep

(cry is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

"She 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"

Definition 8: utter a sudden loud cry - [verb of communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

"She let out a big heavy sigh" "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

(... is a kind of cry ) utter a harsh abrupt scream

(... is a kind of cry ) emit long loud cries

"wail in self-pity" "howl with sorrow"

(... is a kind of cry ) utter a shrill cry

(... is a kind of cry ) shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm

"The children whooped when they were led to the picnic table"

(... is a kind of cry ) shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention

(... is a kind of cry ) shout `hurrah!'

(... is a kind of cry ) cry hollo

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

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

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) utter in a loud voice or announce

"He called my name" "The auctioneer called the bids"

Definition 9: proclaim or announce in public - [verb of communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) make known; make an announcement

"She denoted her feelings clearly"

Definition 10: utter a characteristic sound - [verb of communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cat was crying

(cry is a kind of ...) express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

"She let out a big heavy sigh" "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

Definition 11: utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy - [verb of communication]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for cry in the sense of this definition

(cry is a kind of ...) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

"She expressed her anger" "He uttered a curse"

(... is a kind of cry ) give a command to a horse to turn to the right side

(... is a kind of cry ) express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'

"They oohed and aahed when they unwrapped the presents"

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) utter a sudden loud cry

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

(cry has a similar meaning as ...) call out loudly, as of names or numbers

Definition 12: demand immediate action - [verb of consumption]

Samples where cry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This situation is crying for attention

(cry is a kind of ...) have need of

"This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

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