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verb     cry pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecrying
past tensecried
past participlecried
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect to have tears coming from your eyes, especially because you are sad

    I’m sorry – please don’t cry.

    cry for:

    She could hear her brother crying for his mother.

    cry with pain/happiness/relief/rage etc:

    Now she felt like crying with rage at her own stupidity.

    cry over/about:

    Laura was angry with herself for wasting time crying over him.

    cry tears of rage/frustration/pain etc:

    He cried tears of frustration at his inability to help.

    cry yourself to sleep (=cry continuously until you sleep):

    I cried myself to sleep at night for weeks after we broke up.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to shout something

    ‘That’s not what I meant,’ Polly cried.

    cry (something) in surprise/alarm/horror/delight etc:

    ‘No!’ he cried in horror.

    cry for help:

    Ted could hear a woman’s voice crying for help.

    cry someone’s name:

    She sometimes cries his name in her sleep.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if an animal or bird cries, it makes a loud noise
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