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Learner's definition of CRY  
: to produce tears from your eyes often while making loud sounds because of pain, sorrow, or other strong emotions
[no object]
[+ object]
◊ If you cry yourself to sleep, you cry until you have fallen asleep.
If you cry your eyes out or cry your heart out, you cry a lot.
: to shout or say something loudly
[+ object]
[no object]
— often + for— sometimes used figuratively
[no object]of a bird or animal : to make the loud sound that is usual for a particular type of bird or animal

a shoulder to cry on

— see 1shoulder

cry for

[phrasal verb]
cry for (something) 
: to need or require (something) very much

cry foul

chiefly US
: to complain that someone has done something that is not fair

cry off

[phrasal verb]British
: to say that you will not do something you have promised to do

cry out

[phrasal verb]
: to make a loud sound because of pain, fear, surprise, etc.
cry out or cry out (something) : to speak in a loud voice: to say (something) loudly or from a distance
cry out against (something) : to say publicly that (something) is wrong or unfair: to protest (something)
— used to say that something clearly needs or should have a particular thing, person, use, etc.— often + to be— often + for

cry over spilled milk

(US)informalor chiefly Britishcry over spilt milk
: to be upset about something that has happened and that cannot be changed

cry wolf

: to make people think there is danger when there is really none

for crying out loud

— used to show anger, annoyance, etc.

— crying

Learner's definition of CRY  
[count] : a loud sound that someone makes to express pain, hunger, sadness, etc.
[count] : something that is said loudly: a shout or call— sometimes used figuratively
— see also hue and cry
[count] : a loud sound made by an animal or bird
[singular] : an act of crying or a period of time spent crying
[count] : an act or way of behaving which shows that someone wants help, attention, etc.
[count] : a word or phrase that a group of people uses to express a common idea or goal or to unite them
— see also battle cryrallying crywar cry

a far cry from

: very different from (something or someone)

in full cry

: full of anger, excitement, etc., especially in reaction to something
of hunting dogs : in the act of chasing an animal: in full pursuit
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