1. adjective /kɹaɪ̯.ɪŋ/
a) That demands action or attention.

There is a crying need for more manual workers in this country.

b) That deserves rebuke or censure.

It is a crying shame that he managed to get away with that!

2. noun /kɹaɪ̯.ɪŋ/
Action of the verb to cry.

Their constant cryings kept us awake!

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