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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: cry /kraɪ/ 
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pluralcries
 
  1. 1
    Sound effect: cry a loud expression of emotion, especially pain, fear, or happiness
    cry of:

    a cry of pain/anguish

    give/utter a cry:

    The horses gave a cry of alarm.

  2. 2
    something that someone shouts

    There was a cry of "Fire!", and everyone started to panic.

  3. 4
    [singular] a period of time when you have tears coming from your eyes, especially because you are sad
    have a (good) cry:

    She went to the toilet and had a good cry.

  4. 5
    an urgent request for something
    a cry for help:

    Was cutting her wrists a cry for help, or was it a real attempt to kill herself?

  5. 6
    an emotional reaction from the public
    cry of:

    A cry of outrage greeted the publication of his book.

    In response to cries of protest, two ministers resigned.

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