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craze

verb \ ˈkrāz \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of craze

crazed; crazing
transitive verb
1 obsolete : break, shatter
2 : to produce minute cracks on the surface or glaze of
  • crazed glass
  • crazed pottery
3 : to make insane or as if insane
  • crazed by pain and fear
  • crazed addicts
intransitive verb
1 archaic : shatter, break
2 : to become insane
3 : to develop a mesh of fine cracks

Examples of craze in a Sentence

  1. soldiers who had been crazed by months of combat and chaos in the countryside

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Origin and Etymology of craze

Middle English crasen to crush, craze, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish krasa to crush


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craze

noun

Definition of craze

1 : an exaggerated and often transient enthusiasm : mania
  • the latest craze in music
2 : a crack in a surface or coating (as of glaze or enamel)

Examples of craze in a Sentence

  1. if history is any guide, this latest diet for losing weight is just another craze

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Origin and Etymology of craze

see 1craze

Synonym Discussion of craze

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place.
    • the current fashion
style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste.
    • a media baron used to traveling in style
mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated.
    • slim bodies are the mode at this resort
vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion.
    • short skirts are back in vogue
fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion.
    • last year's fad is over
rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad.
    • Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time
    • crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

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CRAZE Defined for English Language Learners

craze

noun

Definition of craze for English Language Learners

  • : something that is very popular for a period of time


CRAZE Defined for Kids

craze

noun \ ˈkrāz \

Definition of craze for Students

: something that is very popular for a short while

Medical Dictionary

craze

verb \ ˈkrāz \

medical Definition of craze

crazed; crazing
transitive verb
: to make insane or as if insane
  • crazed by pain and fear
intransitive verb
: to become insane


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