weep for

weep for (someone or something)

1. To shed tears of sadness because of someone or something. She's up in her room weeping for her boyfriend. He just left for college this morning. Toddlers will weep for the smallest bump or scrape, then turn around the next moment laughing their heads off. Oh, for goodness' sake, what are you weeping for now?
2. To shed tears because of some very intense emotion. We all wept for joy to see our older brother again after four years in the army. The child wept for fear in the inky blackness of her grandmother's creaky old house.
3. To express grief, anguish, or emotional distress for, because of, or on behalf of someone or something. Plenty of politicians make a point of weeping for such tragedies in public, but few take any meaningful action to prevent them in the future. The whole city wept for the young man who was lost in the accident.
4. To desire or yearn for someone or something to a painful degree. I spent most of my adolescence and early 20s weeping for someone to call the love of my life. She's always wept for a big sister, and I think your friendship fulfills that need for her in some capacity.
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weep for (someone or an animal)

to cry out of sorrow for someone or an animal. She wept for her puppy when it was terribly sick. Please don't weep for me after I'm gone.
See also: for, weep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
"If you hear in my voice--I don't know that it is so, but I hope it is--if you hear in my voice any resemblance to a voice that once was sweet music in your ears, weep for it, weep for it!
"If, when I tell you, dearest dear, that your agony is over, and that I have come here to take you from it, and that we go to England to be at peace and at rest, I cause you to think of your useful life laid waste, and of our native France so wicked to you, weep for it, weep for it!
The well-off seem constitutionally ineligible for the Beatitudes that Jesus presents until we come to the third, "Blessed are they who mourn." In Luke's Gospel, people weep for reasons of love or compassion.
"We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognize the path to peace.
Gods are at horrors Most of all they weep for you, Emma, and Rylan because you are both too nice and too pretty to be the faces of such dross.
Does God weep for his creatures hunted and destroyed Does God become angry and get annoyed?
I remembered that young staffer when PF, his heart in his eyes, asked thousands of students to learn how to weep, to learn how to cryand in so doing, to learn how to weep for others.
Perhaps it is knowing God weeps with us even when we no longer weep for
It is a circle enclosing a pierced cross and under its arms is the Greek word NIKA, meaning "victor." Across the top of the arms are the abbreviated names for "Jesus Christ"--"IC" and "XC." This station tells of Jesus saying to the weeping women of Jerusalem: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children" (Luke 23: 28).
It was as if we did not know how to gather and weep for our dead without proclaiming our own greatness.
THESE two fathers, one Israeli one Palestinian, weep for their children killed in the conflict which has ripped the heart out of the Middle East.
'Indeed if it does, which I very much doubt, I will weep for myself, I will weep for Amina and I will weep for Nigeria.'
Have I learned to weep for somebody who has left to one side?
On the way to Calvary, Jesus will urge the women not to weep for him but for themselves and for their children (cf Lk 23:28), for the rejection of the people has already shown the beginning of the destruction of Jerusalem.
If we're going to weep, let's weep for the families left behind.