|Origin:||crier, from Latin quiritare 'to shout for help (from a citizen), scream', from Quiris 'Roman citizen'|
cry1 S2 W2 past tense and past participle cried, present participle crying, third person singular cries
to produce tears from your eyes, usually because you are unhappy or hurt:
Don't cry, Laura. It'll be OK.
Upstairs, a baby began to cry.
Jamie looked like he'd been crying.
I just couldn't stop crying.
That film always makes me cry.
I am too old to be crying over some young guy.
She felt like crying with frustration.
She could hear him crying for his mother.
cry your eyes/heart out (=be extremely sad and cry a lot)
Oliver, alone, began to cry bitterly (=cry a lot).
cry yourself to sleep (=cry until you fall asleep)
to shout or say something loudly [= cry out]:
say loudly[transitive] written
'Stop!' she cried.
It was painful, and made me cry aloud.
'Goodbye then!' he cried to her.
I could hear voices crying for help.
to waste time feeling sorry about an earlier mistake or problem that cannot be changed:
used when you feel annoyed or impatient with someone:
For crying out loud, stop nagging!
to protest because you think something is wrong or not fair:
When the ads appeared, it was the Democrats' turn to cry foul.
if animals or birds cry, they make a loud sound:
I could hear gulls crying and the soft whisper of the sea.
to ask for help when you do not need it, so that people do not believe you when you really need help
to feel too much pity for yourself, especially because you think you have been treated unfairly
➔ not know whether to laugh or cryat laugh1 (3)
; ➔ cry for the moonat moon1 (4)
; ➔ a shoulder to cry onat shoulder1 (5)WORD FOCUS: cry
be in tears to be crying
burst into tears to suddenly start crying
break down (in tears) to suddenly cry a lot, after trying not to cry
sob to cry noisily, with sudden noisy breaths
weep especially written to cry a lot for a long time
bawl if a baby bawls, it cries very loudly
have tears in your eyes to be about to cry
your eyes water you start to cry, especially because you have been cutting up onions or there is a lot of smoke
cry offphrasal verb
Leah and I were going to go to Morocco together, but at the last moment she cried off.
cry outphrasal verb
to make a loud sound of fear, shock, pain etc
cry out in/with
Even the smallest movement made him cry out in pain.
John tightened his grip until she cried out.
to shout or say something loudly:
'Why are you doing this?' she cried out suddenly.
cry out for
I felt too terrified to even cry out for help.
to need something urgently:
The kitchen is crying out for a coat of paint.
My parents had divorced and I was crying out for love.