crying meaning

[ 'kraiiŋ ] Pronunciation:   "crying" in a sentence
Adjective: crying  krIing
  1. Demanding attention
    "a crying need"
    - clamant, exigent, insistent, instant 
  2. Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    "a crying shame"
    - egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank
Noun: crying  krIing
  1. The process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
    "I hate to hear the crying of a child"
    - weeping, tears
Verb: cry  krI
  1. Utter a sudden loud cry
    "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"
    - shout, shout out, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo [non-standard], squall 
  2. Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
    "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"
    - weep 
  3. Utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    "'Help!' she cried"
    - exclaim, cry out, outcry, call out, shout 
  4. Proclaim or announce in public
    "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"
    - 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"

Derived forms: cryings

See also: conspicuous, crier, imperative

Type of: activity, alter, announce, bodily function, bodily process, body process, change, denote, emit, express, express emotion, express feelings, give tongue to, let loose, let out, modify, need, require, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, want

Antonym: laugh

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To utter an inarticulate,characteristic sound in order to communicate or express a feeling,or desire for attention.


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  1. i could hear them crying out to one another.
  2. the little boy was crying because he was lost.
  3. people are crying out for free elections.
  4. there was no use crying over spilled milk.
  5. it is no use crying over the spilt milk.

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