cry Definition

  • 1shed tears, typically as an expression of distress, pain, or sorrow
  • 2shout or scream loudly, expressing one's emotion
  • 3a loud shout or scream expressing strong emotion or calling for attention

Using cry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She cried when she heard the news.

  • Example

    The baby is crying because he is hungry.

  • Example

    I cried out in pain when I stubbed my toe.

  • Example

    The crowd began to cry out for the performer to come back on stage.

cry Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cry

Antonyms for cry

Phrases with cry

  • cry over spilt milk

    to be upset or complain about something that has already happened and cannot be changed


    There's no use crying over spilt milk. We need to focus on finding a solution.

  • someone who listens sympathetically to another person's problems


    After her breakup, she needed a shoulder to cry on and her best friend was there for her.

  • a phrase shouted by soldiers in battle, typically intended to intimidate the enemy


    The soldiers let out a fierce battle cry as they charged towards the enemy lines.

Origins of cry

from Old English 'craegian', meaning 'to call out'


Summary: cry in Brief

The verb 'cry' [kraɪ] refers to shedding tears as an expression of distress, pain, or sorrow, or shouting or screaming loudly to express one's emotions. It can also refer to a loud shout or scream expressing strong emotion or calling for attention. Phrases like 'cry over spilt milk' and 'a shoulder to cry on' are commonly used to express regret or seek comfort. 'Cry' can be formalized as 'lament' or 'bewail,' or informalized as 'bawl' or 'blubber.'

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