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English definition of “cry out for sth”

cry out for sth

phrasal verb with cry     /kraɪ/ verb [I or T]
C2 to need a particular thing very much: The country is crying out for a change in leadership .Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
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