crack·​down | \ ˈkrak-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce crackdown (audio) \

Definition of crackdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of cracking down

crack down

cracked down; cracking down; cracks down

Definition of crack down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take positive regulatory or disciplinary action

Examples of crackdown in a Sentence


Companies that pollute are the target of a new crackdown.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both ride-hailing companies have launched an aggressive public campaign to escape California’s crackdown on the gig economy. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The high-stakes battle between Uber executives and drivers in California, explained," 18 June 2019 The past few years have seen a crackdown on nonviolent forms of resistance, including the arrest and detention of nonviolent activists and attempts to deport supporters of the boycott movement. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 Still, even Lem did not wholly escape his government’s crackdown on free speech. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 Ghana, a relatively peaceful nation, has recorded a spate of abductions in recent months, prompting President Nana Akufo-Addo to declare a crackdown on kidnapping. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Kidnapped Canadian women rescued by police in Ghana," 12 June 2019 In the latest wave of such tech detoxes, Facebook announced a crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation from its platform amid pressure from politicians and several measles outbreaks. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News [Updated]," 10 June 2019 In turn, this will only accelerate global crackdowns on internet freedom, and allow authoritarian regimes to consolidate power. Justin Sherman, WIRED, "Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet," 6 June 2019 Kin recently launched a crowdfunding site called to raise money to fight back against an SEC investigation into the firm, and the agency’s broader crackdown on ICOs. Matt Robinson, Fortune, "Are Digital Tokens Securities? The SEC's Kik Interactive Lawsuit May Clarify Cryptocurrency Rules," 4 June 2019 Amnesty International documented a broader crackdown on environmental activists, citing 63 arrests in 2018, based on media reports. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "Jailed researchers trying to protect threatened cheetahs in Iran await verdict," 15 Mar. 2019

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1935, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crackdown

: a serious attempt to punish people for doing something that is not allowed : an increased effort to enforce a law or rule

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