1. [ verb ] utter a sudden loud cry
Synonyms: call scream shout yell holler squall shout_out hollo

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

Related terms: utter squawk squeak howl shriek whoop hurrah halloo hollo exclaim call_out exclaim call scream bellow yelling screamer
2. [ noun ] a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
Synonyms: yell call shout outcry vociferation

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

Related terms: utterance war_cry scream bellow yelling catcall clamor hoot whoop halloo boo yodel noise blue_murder hosanna shout exclaim yell outshout
3. [ verb ] shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
Synonyms: weep

"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"

Related terms: laugh express_emotion wail sob snivel bawl tear crying weeper weeper
4. [ verb ] utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
Synonyms: call_out cry_out exclaim shout outcry

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

Related terms: express gee shout call_out exclamation
5. [ noun ] a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
Synonyms: yell

"a cry of rage" "a yell of pain"

Related terms: utterance complaint shout
6. [ verb ] proclaim or announce in public
Synonyms: blazon_out

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

Related terms: announce crier
7. [ noun ] a fit of weeping

"had a good cry"

Related terms: effusion
8. [ noun ] a slogan used to rally support for a cause
Synonyms: rallying_cry battle_cry watchword war_cry

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

Related terms: motto
9. [ verb ] utter a characteristic sound

"The cat was crying"

Related terms: utter
10. [ verb ] demand immediate action

"This situation is crying for attention"

Related terms: want
11. [ verb ] bring into a particular state by crying

"The little boy cried himself to sleep"

Related terms: change
12. [ noun ] the characteristic utterance of an animal

"animal cries filled the night"

Related terms: sound cluck bay yelp crow bleat growl honk meow caw neigh cheep caterwaul coo bray howl gobble moo cackle roar bark baa
Similar spelling:   Croy