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"cry" in British English

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cryverb [I or T]

uk   /kraɪ/  us   /kraɪ/
A2 to produce tears as the result of a strong emotion, 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 bitter tears when she got the letter. He cried for joy when he heard that his son had been found alive and well.
cry yourself to sleep
to cry for a long time 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   /kraɪ/  us   /kraɪ/
(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 produce tears as the result of a strong emotion, such as unhappiness or pain: [I] I heard someone crying in the next room.
to call out or speak loudly: [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 strong emotion, such as unhappiness or pain, that results in producing tears: "Go on, have a good cry," he said.
  • cry noun (SHOUT)

[C] a loud call 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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