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Meaning of “cry” in the English Dictionary

"cry" in British English

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cryverb [I or T]

uk   us   /kraɪ/
A2 to ​producetears as the ​result of a ​strongemotion, such as ​unhappiness or ​pain: I could ​hear someone crying in the next ​room. "There, there, don't cry," she said. We all ​laughed until we cried. She cried ​bittertears when she got the ​letter. He cried for ​joy when he ​heard that his ​son had been ​foundalive and well.cry yourself to sleep to cry for a ​longtime until you ​start to ​sleep

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B1 to ​call out ​loudly: [+ speech] "Watch out!" she cried.

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crynoun

uk   us   /kraɪ/
  • cry noun (SHOUT)

B1 [C] a ​loud, high ​sound that ​expresses an ​emotion: a cry of ​despairB1 [C] a ​shout made to ​attract people's ​attention: They were ​wakened by cries of "Fire!" from the next ​room.C2 [C] the ​noise that a ​bird or ​animal makes: an eagle's cry

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(Definition of cry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cry" in American English

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cryverb [I/T]

 us   /krɑɪ/
  • cry verb [I/T] (PRODUCE TEARS)

to ​producetears as the ​result of a ​strongemotion, such as ​unhappiness or ​pain: [I] I ​heard someone crying in the next ​room.
to ​call out or ​speakloudly: [T] "Help me!" he cried. [I] She cried out in ​pain as she ​fell.

crynoun

 us   /krɑɪ/
  • cry noun (PRODUCING TEARS)

[U] a ​period of ​strongemotion, such as ​unhappiness or ​pain, that ​results in ​producingtears: "Go on, have a good cry," he said.
  • cry noun (SHOUT)

[C] a ​loudcall or ​shout: They were wakened by cries of "Fire!" [C] A cry is also the ​noise that a ​bird or ​animal makes: the cries of an ​eagle
(Definition of cry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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