n 1: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the
speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of
the audience" [syn: outcry
2: a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate);
"a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain" [syn: yell
3: a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"
[syn: war cry
, rallying cry
, battle cry
4: a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
5: the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries
filled the night"
v 1: utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the
doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the
window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout
2: shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried
bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl
in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not
get up the stairs" [syn: weep
] [ant: laugh
3: utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!'"
he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the
mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost" [syn:
, cry out
, call out
4: proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a
town cryer would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise
in the market square" [syn: blazon out
5: demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for
6: utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
7: bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy
cried himself to sleep"