1 shout/loud noise
ADJ. great, loud | little, low, small | choked/choking, muffled, stifled, strangled | piercing, shrill | hoarse the hoarse cry of a crow | agonized, anguished, bitter, despairing, desperate, plaintive, terrible | startled | involuntary | battle, rallying, war, warning | animal, bird
VERB + CRY give, let out, raise, utter She gave an agonized cry as they lifted the fallen branch from her leg. He was too weak to raise even the smallest of cries. | hear
CRY + VERB go up A cry went up when it was discovered their man had escaped. | escape An involuntary cry escaped her as he entered the room.
PREP. with a ~ He fell to the ground with a cry. | ~ for (figurative) Her suicide attempt was really a desperate cry for help. | ~ of a cry of despair/delight > Note at SOUND
2 act of crying
ADJ. good | little
VERB + CRY have You'll feel better when you've had a good cry.
1 produce tears
ADV. a lot | a little | almost, nearly | never, rarely | bitterly He put his head on his arms and cried bitterly. | loudly | quietly, silently, softly | uncontrollably | alone
VERB + CRY begin to, start to | make sb | leave sb to children who are left to cry alone
PREP. about What are you crying about? | for a child crying for his mother | over I wasn't going to waste time crying over him! | with Anna was almost crying with frustration.
PHRASES cry like a baby Finally he broke down and cried like a baby. | cry your eyes out, cry yourself to sleep, feel like crying I felt like crying when I found out what had happened. | a shoulder to cry on (figurative) He was a fatherly shoulder to cry on when things went wrong.
ADV. aloud, out | suddenly | angrily, indignantly ‘Never!’ he cried angrily. | despairingly, desperately | excitedly | passionately, wildly
VERB + CRY want to She wanted to cry out to him not to be so stupid. | hear sb I heard her cry out in her sleep.
PREP. in ‘What do you mean?’ she cried in agitation. ‘Who's there?’ she cried in a shrill voice.
PHRASES cry for help She cried for help as the fire spread. | cry out in anguish/fear/pain