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Cried \Cried\ (kr[imac]d), imp. & p. p. of Cry.


Cry \Cry\ (kr[imac]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cried (kr[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Crying.] [F. crier, cf. L. quiritare to raise a plaintive cry, scream, shriek, perh. fr. queri to complain; cf. Skr. cvas to pant, hiss, sigh. Cf. Quarrel a brawl, Querulous.]

  1. To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore.

    And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice. -- Matt. xxvii. 46.

    Clapping their hands, and crying with loud voice.

    Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry unto thee. -- Ps. xxviii.

  2. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
    --Is. xl.

  3. Some cried after him to return.

    2. To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child.

    Ye shall cry for sorrow of heart.
    --Is. lxv. 1

  4. I could find it in my heart to disgrace my man's apparel and to cry like a woman. --Shak. 3. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals. The young ravens which cry. --Ps. cxlvii. 9. In a cowslip's bell I lie There I couch when owls do cry. --Shak. To cry on or To cry upon, to call upon the name of; to beseech. ``No longer on Saint Denis will we cry.'' --Shak. To cry out.

    1. To exclaim; to vociferate; to scream; to clamor.

    2. To complain loudly; to lament.

      To cry out against, to complain loudly of; to censure; to blame.

      To cry out on or To cry out upon, to denounce; to censure. ``Cries out upon abuses.''

      To cry to, to call on in prayer; to implore.

      To cry you mercy, to beg your pardon. ``I cry you mercy, madam; was it you?''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense and past participle of cry (v.).


vb. (en-pastcry)


See cry

  1. n. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation]

  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"; "our watchword will be `democracy'" [syn: war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, watchword]

  4. a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"

  5. the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"

  6. [also: cried, cryings (pl), crying (pl)]

  1. v. 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, shout out, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall]

  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: exclaim, cry out, outcry, call out, shout]

  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 attention"

  6. utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"

  7. bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"

  8. [also: cried, cryings (pl), crying (pl)]

Usage examples of "cried".

They were rapidly overhauling us when Tars Tarkas cried to me to hasten ahead and discover, if possible, the sanctuary we sought.

We were soon to know, however, for as we reached the edge of the pool directly above the thing, Xodar cried out a few words in a strange tongue.

I could have cried aloud in exultation when my scrutiny disclosed the almost invisible incrustation of particles of carbonized electrons which are thrown off by these Martian torches.

As the nobles drew their blades and lifted them on high, in accordance with the ancient custom of Okar when a jeddak announces his intention to wed, Dejah Thoris sprang to her feet and, raising her hand aloft, cried in a loud voice that they desist.

The moment its limp, dead feet touched the golden pool a shudder passed through the plant, and a bird somewhere far back in the forest cried out in horror.

And Heru drank it all, and Si cried a few hot tears behind her hands, FOR SHE HAD TAKEN NONE, and she knew it was her life!

He cried a little when his nurse finally tore herself away and left him with us.

I started back, aghast, and cried out that it was magic, for I recognised the whole scene--it was one which had actually occurred.

Poor little Flossie cried very much, and gave me a lock of her bright hair in return, which I still have.

You should have seen his face as he grasped the side of the vehicle and cried out in his terror.

As to Neb, his red eyes showed how he had cried, and the tears which he could not restrain told too clearly that he had lost all hope.

Elphinstone suddenly cried out at a number of tongues of smoky red flame leaping up above the houses in front of them against the hot, blue sky.

There were sad, haggard women tramping by, well dressed, with children that cried and stumbled, their dainty clothes smothered in dust, their weary faces smeared with tears.

I paced the rooms and cried aloud when I thought of how I was cut off from her, of all that might happen to her in my absence.

The curate, who had been crouching silently with his arms over his head, looked up as I passed, cried out quite loudly at my desertion of him, and came running after me.