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cry for (someone or something)

1. To express a want or need through crying. I've been rocking the baby for an hour, but she's still crying for her mother.
2. To be in need of something. My hair is just crying for a trim—it's been too long since my last trip to the salon.
3. To cry over someone or something's departure or absence. Oh, don't cry for me—I'll be back home at the end of the semester.
4. To yell or call for someone or something. I cried for my dad as soon as I saw the flood in the basement.
See also: cry

cry for someone or something

1. to weep for the absence or loss of someone or something. No need to cry for me. Take care of yourself. She cried for her lost cat.
2. to shout a demand for someone or something. She cried for help, but no one heard her. Tony cried for Walter, but he did not hear.
3. to cry or bawl, signaling the need or want for someone or something. (As done by a baby.) The baby cried for a bottle. Little Jimmy was crying for his mother.
See also: cry

cry for

Also, cry out for; have a crying need for. Be in urgent need of, as in This wall cries for a second coat of paint, or This car is crying out for a good washing, or There is a crying need for order in this house. The figurative use of cry for, literally meaning "implore" or "weep for," dates from the late 1500s, as does the use of crying for "demanding attention." The first variant, alluding to actually shouting out one's needs or desires, dates from the second half of the 1800s.
See also: cry
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Italian Bankers Cry for Argentina," Business News Americas
Don't Cry for Argentina: The Nation's Economy Is Weak, but Its Soccer Team Is as Rich as Ever," Ottawa Citizen
Do Cry for Them, the Argentine People," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Don't Cry for Free Lunch, Argentina," Tampa Tribune
Don't Cry for Argentina: The Country's Catastrophic Economic Woes Were Largely Self-Inflicted," Halifax Daily News
Don't Cry for the Peso-Dollar Peg, Argentina," Independent
Do Cry for Them, Argentina: Peso, Debt, IMF Add to Woes," Investor's Business Daily
Women in both countries were over three times more likely than men to cry for problems with your work, someone yells at you and feeling anger, and the differences seemed largely due to the particularly low rates of responsiveness by men.
The women were as likely to cry for work problems and angry confrontations as they were for feelings of being alone, sad or helpless.
Most experts agree that how long you let your baby cry for is a matter of common sense.
NEWBORNS: Very young babies cry for food, so feed them before they wake up crying, says Chireal Shallow, founder of Naturally Nurturing.
SIX MONTHS PLUS: At this age, many experts recommend controlled crying - but not earlier as it's normal for younger babies to cry for feeds.