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

By the Glass In late summer, an embarrassment of riches from local fields beckon, spilling forth from baskets and stacked high in market crates. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Drink your colors. Orange wines make it easy.," 27 Aug. 2019 About $18 million worth of the drug was found hidden within bundles of bananas being donated to Texas prisons last year, and in April, German authorities found a record haul of cocaine stashed in crates at six branches of a supermarket chain. Hillary Leung, Time, "More Than $1 Million in Cocaine Was Found in Banana Shipments Bound for Grocery Stores," 24 Aug. 2019 Police in Germany say a truck carrying crates of beer lost part of its load, spilling about 10,000 bottles onto a road in the southwest of the country. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10,000 bottles of beer on the road: German truck loses load," 3 Aug. 2019 The fire prompted the evacuation of the Maui Humane Society, and officials and volunteers moved the animals in crates to Maui High School, the county said in the statement. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Evacuations ordered as large brush fire burns on Maui," 12 July 2019 Currently, players can purchase loot boxes (known as crates in the game) to earn custom wheels, decals or cars to use in the game. Washington Post, "Video game ‘loot boxes’ are going away and it could crush Rocket League’s black market," 27 Aug. 2019 There’s also a whole room devoted to the evolution of the museum, complete with a mock-up of the new design, and another room filled with crates. Los Angeles Times, "Column: LACMA, largely closed, has become an expensive ghost town," 23 Aug. 2019 Some have been sent by private Australians, sometimes in cookie tins or crates. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 On a visit Thursday, lab manager Louise Monte unpacked sample crates from Indianapolis and Singapore. San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC and UC San Diego try to move on after painful fight over Alzheimer’s institute," 18 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are many reasons that crate training has become more commonplace. Chrissy Patterson, The Mercury News, "Critter Corner: Many positives come with crate training," 3 Sep. 2019 And in a nod to his childhood hometown of Yuba City, Del Pero crated the Peachy Keen Chicken Club sandwich, which features a sweet mustard made with peaches from Yuba City’s Twin Peaks Agriculture, owned by Del Pero’s childhood friend Anthony Laney. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Italia, Mendocino farms open in new North County shopping centers," 6 June 2019 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

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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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