When to use cry and when to use weep? Which one goes more formal? Which one should have preference in general use?
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In short, weep is more about tears, while cry is more about the sound.
Weep: [vi 1] to express passion (as grief) by shedding tears
Cry: [vi 2] to shed tears often noisily
Sob: [vi 1b] to cry or weep with convulsive catching of the breath
Weep is a little more archaic or poetic, so there's a mild preference for using cry instead. The only time you must use weep rather than cry is if you think the wrong meaning of cry will be understood by mistake.
protected by tchrist Sep 20 '14 at 0:02
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