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

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 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 Still, what to do about the hulking dog crate in the kitchen and the assorted chew toys scattered around the living room? Michelle Higgins, sacbee, "Limit the impact that dogs, cats unleash on orderliness | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Smith said, surrounded by piles of food crates filled with anything from zucchini to breakfast cereals. Umberto Bacchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "British chefs cook up food waste solutions," 22 May 2018 Namely, picking items out of crates and putting them in shopping bags. James Vincent, The Verge, "Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future," 8 May 2018 Attendees traveled through the house, posing with props including a human-size egg crate and an eggshell swing suspended from the ceiling. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Pop-up ‘Museums’ Are Instagram Fans’ Favorite Place to Pose," 5 July 2018 This is a man who also thrown milk crates across the ice, though that honestly sounds much safter. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Twitter Reacts to Tuukka Rask Throwing Broken Skate Blade," 28 Apr. 2018 In one room, several nursing mothers with litters of puppies were found confined in small plastic and wire crates in a closet. CBS News, "Dead puppies found in kitchen freezer at alleged puppy mill in Texas," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 On Sunday, 53 stray dogs were crated and transported via plane to New York City, where they were taken to Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter in Manhattan. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "More Than 50 Dogs Rescued from Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico Flown to N.Y.C. Adoption Event," 23 Oct. 2017

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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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