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crate

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noun \ˈkrāt\

Simple Definition of crate

  • : a large wooden or plastic box used for moving things from one place to another

  • : a metal or plastic container that is used to hold bottles

  • : the amount of something contained in a crate

Full Definition of crate

  1. 1 :  an open box of wooden slats or a usually wooden protective case or framework for shipping

  2. 2 :  jalopy

Examples of crate

  1. The bear arrived at the zoo in a crate.

  2. Each milk crate holds nine bottles.

  3. They used a crate of oranges to make enough juice for everyone.

  4. One day the old crate just wouldn't start.



Origin of crate

Middle English, from Latin cratis


First Known Use: 15th century


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crate

verb

Simple Definition of crate

  • : to pack (something) in a crate

Full Definition of crate

crat·edcrat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pack in a crate

Examples of crate

  1. The equipment was crated today and will be shipped tomorrow.



1871

First Known Use of crate

1871


CRATE Defined for Kids

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crate

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noun \ˈkrāt\

Definition of crate

  1. :  a box or frame of wooden slats or boards for holding and protecting something in shipment




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crate

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verb

Definition of crate

crat·edcrat·ing

  1. :  to pack in a wooden box or frame





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