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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crate

crated

crating

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

Examples of crate in a sentence

  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 for Students

  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 for Students

crated

crating

  1. :  to pack in a wooden box or frame





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