cry2 W3 plural cries
a loud sound expressing a strong emotion such as pain, fear, or pleasure:
sound expressing emotion[countable]
a baby's cry
cry of pain/alarm/delight etc
Alice let out a cry of alarm.
let out/give a cry
The stone hit him on the forehead and he gave a sharp cry.
a shouted word or phrase
At last, there was a cry of 'Silence!', and everyone looked towards the door.
a period of time during which tears come out of your eyes, usually because you are unhappy:
tears[singular] especially British English
It's good to have a cry sometimes.
I felt much better after I'd had a good cry (=cried for a long time).
something someone says or does that shows that they are very unhappy and need help:
I think taking the pills was a cry for help.
a phrase that is used to unite people in support of a particular action or idea [= slogan]: ➔ battle cry (1), war cry
'Land and Liberty' was the rallying cry of revolutionary Mexico.
a sound made by a particular animal:
the cries of seagulls overhead