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noun [countable] cry pronunciation in British English /kraɪ/
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  1. 1
    Sound effect 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. 3
    the noise that an animal or bird makes

    the cry of a wolf

  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.

  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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