cry
I. verb (cried; crying) Etymology: Middle English crien, from Anglo-French crier, from Latin quiritare to make a public outcry, perhaps from Quirit-, Quiris, Roman citizen Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to utter loudly ; shout 2. archaic beg, beseech 3. to proclaim publicly ; advertise <
cry their wares
>
intransitive verb 1. to call loudly ; shout 2. to shed tears often noisily ; weep, sob 3. to utter a characteristic sound or call 4. to require or suggest strongly a remedy or disposition <
a hundred things which cry out for planning — Roger Burlingame
>
II. noun (plural cries) Date: 13th century 1. an instance of crying: as a. an inarticulate utterance of distress, rage, or pain b. obsolete outcry, clamor 2. a. obsolete proclamation b. plural, Scottish banns 3. entreaty, appeal <
a cry for help
>
4. a loud shout 5. watchword, slogan 6. a. common report b. a general opinion 7. the public voice raised in protest or approval 8. a fit of weeping 9. the characteristic sound or call of an animal 10. a. a pack of hounds b. (1) pursuit — used in the phrase in full cry <
hounds in full cry
>
(2) a peak of activity or excitement — used in the phrase in full cry <
a campaign in full cry
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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