crate

noun
\ ˈkrāt How to pronounce crate (audio) \

Definition of crate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

crate

verb
crated; crating

Definition of crate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pack in a crate

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Synonyms for crate

Synonyms: Noun

beater, clunker, jalopy, junker

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Examples of crate in a Sentence

Noun

The bear arrived at the zoo in a crate. Each milk crate holds nine bottles. They used a crate of oranges to make enough juice for everyone. One day the old crate just wouldn't start.

Verb

The equipment was crated today and will be shipped tomorrow.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the wall shelving and in nearby minimal wooden crates are more goods, including chips made with coconut flour and all-natural sprinkles. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 The giant crates of avocados, pallets of tomatoes, and boxes of meat and fish will all be swept away, left to bob along aimlessly until the water deposits them elsewhere in the city, together with the rest of the debris. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 For years the project lay dormant, though there were at least six suspicious fires that engulfed the wooden crates that held the stones. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "From Hearst to monks, rubble from historic monastery finds new life," 20 Feb. 2018 Annie Leibovitz is standing on top of an apple crate, peering through her camera lens. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "How the World Fell Head Over Heels for RuPaul," 15 Apr. 2019 Booksellers at the end of the 19th century in the Sixth Arrondissement on the Left Bank, when authorities began charging them to leave crates in place overnight. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "The Storied Bookstalls of Paris Fight for Survival," 14 Sep. 2018 Gabriel Fowler, the owner, grew up playing in noise-rock bands and digging through record-store crates in Orlando, Fla. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "The ‘Punk Rock’ Comic Book Shop," 7 June 2018 The animals were in crates in the back of the vehicle, which doesn't have windows. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "14 show dogs found safe in California after being stolen in van," 7 June 2018 Boyd said officers found a wire animal crate in the bathroom with handcuffs attached to it. Washington Post, "Police say couple hid dead 5-year-old inside storage unit," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More high-value ornaments—the ones that get prime, outer-tree placement in the winter—are bubble wrapped and crated until next October. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Classic Works will pull the donor car’s engine and transmission, ignition, exhaust and fuel system, crate it all up and store it, thereby effectively preserving even the exhaust note. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Note the red leather sofas and whisky crate side tables before stepping on onto the roof garden, where high wooden walls and comfy benches make a perfect, secret garden-esque setting for that muddled fruit sundowner. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Rooftop Bars in Charleston," 26 Apr. 2018 One theory holds that reducing stimuli at night might work, but she wasn't sold on the idea of crating him in the dark for hours. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s a boy! Chicken owners face a dilemma when hens turn out to be roosters.," 19 June 2018 Fun flight, optimistic future Since being crated crazed Sophia, Jackie Evans let the boxer sit by her. Amy Mcrary, USA TODAY, "Puppy with anxiety gets special flight for canine therapy," 7 Mar. 2018 All four monuments are crated inside a city facility. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Mitch Landrieu announces process for replacing Lee monument," 11 July 2017 So my son asked his sister to please crate the dog when his children (the 4-year-old and a 2-year-old) were to be in her home. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Dog bite seems to hurt the whole family," 6 May 2018 Gradually expose it, crated, to unfamiliar environments, such as a car wash. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Flying with Fido: On your next trip, maybe it's better to leave your pets at home," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crate

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crate

Noun

Middle English, from Latin cratis

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crate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

crate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pack (something) in a crate

crate

noun
\ ˈkrāt How to pronounce crate (audio) \

Kids Definition of crate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

crate

verb
crated; crating

Kids Definition of crate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to pack in a wooden box or frame

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