crate

noun
\ˈkrāt \

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

The child had been chained before, and was even forced to sleep in a dog crate at night, officials said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found naked, chained in Alabama home was forced to sleep in dog crate, officials say," 25 Sep. 2018 With her effusive, crate-digging passion working in tandem with her penchant to play both crowd-pleaser and provocateur, expect the unexpected, along with a steamy dance floor. Austin Brown, Chicago Reader, "Honey Dijon is as much a crowd-pleaser as she is a provocateur," 8 Mar. 2018 The milkshakes are served in tiny vintage milk bottles in a mini-crate channeling the way your great grandma probably received her daily dairy delivery. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017 This is no lost schmaltz classic from the 1970s resurrected by crate-digging vinyl obsessives. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "17 Songs About Space That Are Cosmically Great," 3 Mar. 2017 More Essays Declining sales caused Francis Robert, a 39-year veteran of the trade, to devote one of his four crates overlooking the Seine to selling magnets, keychains and Eiffel Tower statuettes. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "The Storied Bookstalls of Paris Fight for Survival," 14 Sep. 2018 Items on the wish list include Martingale collars, 4- and 6-foot nylon leashes, durable chew toys such as Kong toys, Frontline flea and tick preventative and collapsible wire crates. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Big Gay Ice Cream comes to town, plus other things to eat, drink and do this weekend," 20 June 2018 The stolen were stolen out of crates in the friend’s backyard. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach, Lantana area crime log: June 18-July 2," 6 July 2018 In a warehouse an hour west of London, robots zip across a grid of thousands of crates filled with groceries, picking up cartons of milk, heads of broccoli, tubs of lemon sorbet, cans of tomato soup, and whatever else Britons might want for dinner. Bloomberg.com, "Britain’s Robot Grocer Is Coming to the U.S.," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 One airline suggests crating it, putting the crate in your car, then driving through a carwash, to prepare for what the trip might be like. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "On Your Next Trip, Leave the Pets at Home," 20 Mar. 2018 Once on the ground, the supplies were unloaded and the animals were crated, then carried on board and strapped into seats. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A plane fills with pets devastated by Puerto Rico’s hurricane. Sad and funny all at once.," 22 Jan. 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 \

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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