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Past tense and past participle of cry.
v. cried, cry•ing, v.i.
1. to utter inarticulate sounds, esp. of grief or suffering, usu. with tears.
2. to shed tears, with or without sound; weep.
3. to call loudly; shout (sometimes fol. by out).
4. to manifest urgent need for attention (often fol. by out): decaying streets that cry out for repair.
5. (of an animal) to give forth a vocal sound or characteristic call.v.t.
6. to utter loudly; call out.
7. to announce publicly: to cry one's wares.
8. to beg or plead for: to cry mercy.
9. to bring (oneself) to a specified state by weeping: to cry oneself to sleep.
10. cry down, to disparage; belittle.
11. cry off, to break a promise, agreement, etc.
12. cry up, to praise; extol.n.
13. the act or sound of crying; a shout, scream, or wail.
14. a fit of weeping.
15. the utterance or call of an animal.
16. an entreaty; appeal.
17. a political or party slogan.
18. battle cry.
19. (in fox hunting)
a. a continuous baying of a hound or a pack in following a scent.
b. a pack of hounds.
20. Archaic. an oral proclamation or announcement.Idioms:
1. a far cry,
a. a long way.
b. altogether different.
2. cry havoc, to warn of danger or disaster.
3. cry over spilled milk, to regret what cannot be changed or undone.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French crier < Vulgar Latin *crītāre, for Latin quirītāre to make a public outcry; associated by folk etym. with Quirītēs the citizens of Rome]