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

The mother told police Frye and Hills explained the bruises by telling her the children had been throwing themselves against a wall and that a dog crate had fallen on the 9-year-old. Mark Scolforo, Fox News, "Baby sitters accused of beatings, severe abuse over 6 days," 2 Aug. 2018 All of the heavy lifting—from placing 2,500-pound pallets into five-story shelving systems to conveying individual crates throughout the warehouse—is done by machines. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots," 9 Feb. 2019 This move has entailed packing things into bright orange crates only large enough to transport a portion of what people had in, on and around their desks. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Farewell to Tribune Tower: Friday we pack our boxes and depart what has been this newspaper's home," 8 June 2018 When a crate is too roomy, pups often sleep on one side and eliminate on the other, explains Travis Brorsen, a celebrity dog trainer. Good Housekeeping, "4 Smart Fixes for Your Biggest Puppy Potty Training Problems," 22 Mar. 2016 Mounted on a wall is the lid of the crate that shipped Mr. Lincoln to the World’s Fair. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Although United quickly apologized and took responsibility for the dog’s death, the carrier erred by telling the public that the flight attendant didn’t know there was a dog in the crate, Hicks said. Michael Sasso, Bloomberg.com, "Outcry Over Dead Dog Intensifies Pressure on United CEO," 15 Mar. 2018 In each, our daughter has a fuzzy beanbag chair, our middle son maintains towering decks of Magic: The Gathering playing cards, and our youngest keeps plastic crates full of Lego. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 That person is Milkman, who isn’t a milkman but earned the nickname, rumor has it, because of the paramilitary practice of secreting bombs inside milk delivery crates. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 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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