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crew

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\ˈkrü\

Definition of crew

  1. chiefly British past of crow




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crew

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noun \ˈkrü\

Simple Definition of crew

  • : the group of people who operate a ship, airplane, or train

  • : the people who work on a ship except the officers and captain

  • : a group of people who do a specified kind of work together

Full Definition of crew

  1. 1 archaic :  a band or force of armed men

  2. 2 a :  a group of people associated together in a common activity or by common traits or interests b :  gang 1b(2)

  3. 3 a :  a company of people working on one job or under one foreman or operating a machine b :  the whole company belonging to a ship sometimes including the officers and master; also :  one who assists the skipper of a sailboat c :  the persons who have duties on an aircraft in flight d :  the rowers and coxswain of a racing shell; also :  rowing

crew·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of crew

  1. a skilled member of a ship's crew

  2. the flight's passengers and crew

  3. the ship's captain and crew

  4. A construction crew will begin work on the house next week.



Origin of crew

Middle English crue, from Middle French, reinforcement, literally, increase, from crue, feminine past participle of croistre to grow, from Latin crescere — more at crescent


First Known Use: 15th century


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crew

verb

Simple Definition of crew

  • : to work as a member of a crew that operates a ship or airplane

Full Definition of crew

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to act as a member of a crew

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to serve as a crew member on (as a ship or aircraft)

Examples of crew

  1. She spent a couple of years crewing on a British ship.

  2. The ship was crewed by 12 men.



1935

First Known Use of crew

1935

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