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noun [countable] cry pronunciation in British English /kraɪ/
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pluralcries
  1. 1
    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.
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  2. 2
    something that someone shouts
    There was a cry of ‘Fire!’, and everyone started to panic.
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  3. 3
    the noise that an animal or bird makes
    the cry of a wolf
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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?
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  6. 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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