Meaning of “cry” in the English Dictionary

"cry" in British English

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cryverb [ I or T ]

uk /kraɪ/ us /kraɪ/

cry verb [ I or T ] (PRODUCE TEARS)

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

More examples

  • Her lower lip trembled as if she was about to cry.
  • The little boy fell over and started to cry.
  • He'd been crying and his face was all blotchy.
  • What's the matter? Why are you crying?
  • When we gave her the bad news, she broke down and cried.

crynoun

uk /kraɪ/ us /kraɪ/

cry noun (SHOUT)

B1 [ C ] a loud, high sound that expresses an emotion:

a cry of despair

B1 [ 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

More examples

  • We heard an agonized cry.
  • She heard a faint, almost imperceptible cry.
  • The kitten gave a piteous cry.
  • A cry of warning rang out.
  • The speaker attempted to rouse the crowd with a cry for action.

(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.

cry verb [ I/T ] (SHOUT)

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)