craft

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noun

plural crafts
1
: skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity
"We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if win we can, by craft."Jack London
2
a
: an occupation, trade, or activity requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill
the carpenter's craft
the craft of writing plays
crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing
He learned the craft as an apprentice.
b
crafts plural : articles made by craftspeople
a store selling crafts
a crafts fair
3
: skill in deceiving to gain an end
used craft and guile to close the deal
4
: the members of a trade or trade association
5
plural usually craft
a
: a boat especially of small size
b

craft

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verb

crafted; crafting; crafts

transitive verb

: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity
She is crafting a new sculpture.
a carefully crafted story
crafter noun
Choose the Right Synonym for craft

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised.

art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power.

the art of choosing the right word

skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency.

the skill of a glassblower

cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing.

a mystery plotted with great cunning

artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature.

believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice

craft may imply expertness in workmanship.

the craft of a master goldsmith

Examples of craft in a Sentence

Noun never hesitated to resort to craft to get what they wanted in life borrowed a craft to get across the river Verb The furniture is crafted from bamboo. He is crafting a new sculpture. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The federal agency on Jan. 25 released a preliminary report stating that before the balloon hit the ground, the craft was already deflated with the burner on. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 3 Apr. 2024 From tacos and tequila to burgers and brews, the festival provides a way to connect with the area’s growing roster of chefs, food artisans, and craft brewers. Tiffani Jackson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 To put that into perspective, the craft will get you from San Francisco to Japan or Houston to London in about 60 minutes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2024 Image Image The table: As is traditional for outdoor oyster roasts, the guests ate standing — around an old wooden table covered in brown craft paper and adorned with rockweed that Brazilian, Broadwater and Dickson Millhiser had gathered from the beach. Vanessa Golembewski, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Returning to the Craft Beer Barn is the Cabin from Houston Hospitality, which offers a transportive mountain atmosphere with craft cocktails on tap. Danielle Dorsey, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Add that to creative craft cocktails, elaborate multifaceted costumes and a theater bursting with candelabras and chandeliers that feels like Versailles has been transported to Bushwick, Brooklyn. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Kids can enjoy festive egg hunting games and crafts. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 Instead, Shakira flexes the progression of her longstanding craft. Thania Garcia, Variety, 22 Mar. 2024
Verb
Bony Levy Seen on celebrities like Sabrina Carpenter and SZA, Bony Levy crafts gold and diamond jewelry exclusively for Nordstrom. Jake Henry Smith, Glamour, 4 Apr. 2024 The two agencies are crafting budget proposals that would give them the capacity to hire riders and do other livestock-predator mitigation work. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 4 Apr. 2024 Optimum helped craft bespoke ads for its clients, including some for State Farm and Gatorade that used Caitlin Clark. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Scammers can exploit this by crafting authentic-looking updates and emails, using sophisticated tactics to trick individuals into sharing sensitive information. Ebony Flake, Essence, 3 Apr. 2024 The referendum was crafted to allow MPS to gain an additional $140 million for the next school year, then ramp up to $252 million annually by the 2027-28 school year. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 But now authorities are crafting a broader program aimed at the historic flows of migrants headed to the U.S. border. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 By developing their own plan in public and involving major players with stakes in the issue like insurance companies and congressional chairmen, the Obama administration hoped to build support rather than simply springing a plan crafted in secrecy on Congress as the Clintons had done in the 1990s. Peter Baker, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 The latest proposal goes further than a previous EU plan — crafted in late 2023 and agreed in principle last month — to use the interest payments and other profits accumulating in accounts in Brussels to help rebuild Ukraine, according to a senior EU official. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near craft

Cite this Entry

“Craft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craft. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

craft

1 of 2 noun
1
: skill in planning, making, or doing
2
a
: an occupation requiring skill in using the hands : trade
b
plural : articles made by craftspeople
a store selling crafts
3
: skill in deceiving to gain an end
4
: the members of a trade
5
plural usually craft
a
: a boat especially of small size
b

craft

2 of 2 verb
: to make by or as if by hand
crafted a sculpture
a carefully crafted story
crafter noun

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