craze

verb
\ˈkrāz \
crazed; crazing

Definition of craze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

craze

noun

Definition of craze (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

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Noun

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

Examples of craze in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former American Airlines executive, said windows are periodically polished to remove crazing, the formation of tiny cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun’s rays. Mark Gillispie And David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, "Southwest plane with cracked window diverted to Cleveland," 2 May 2018 Becker then built a stout wire fence around his reservation and lived in peace until last week when a killer whale, or orca, arrived and so harried the sea lions that, crazed with fright, the lions smashed down his fence and swarmed his lighthouse. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Reporter Randy Shilts announces he has AIDS, 1993," 7 Feb. 2018 While the other characters explore romance and sexuality, Jamal explores desperation, getting increasingly crazed by the episode. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rolling Deep With The On My Block RollerWorld Conspiracy," 28 Mar. 2018 Lesser clay bricks that might be used for construction of walls often craze and crumble after several winters in contact with soil. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "Great garden-path options to ponder," 1 Nov. 2017 In a nation as soccer-crazed yet World Cup-deprived as Peru has been, this is an absolutely massive deal. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Peru's President Told Public Workers to Leave Work at 4 PM to Watch Crucial World Cup Qualifier," 10 Oct. 2017 Her face bursts into a grin at once crazed and innocent. Sarah Miller, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: The Cat Refrigerator Scene in The Secret Life of Pets," 2 Oct. 2017 My only thought on the motivational trash can craze sweeping the Brian Stultz, ajc, "LOOK: Texas A&M copies Tennessee with its own turnover trash can," 16 Sep. 2017 Then as now, Valdez and other small Alaska towns were basketball-crazed. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, "The big quake: New book explains how 1964 reshaped Alaska and the scientific world," 3 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, other companies are racing to get in on their own share of the scooter funding craze: Lime, a bike-share business, has quickly become a top competitor. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "How Scooters Became A Go-To Instagram Prop — & The Next Transportation Revolution," 12 July 2018 In another industrial revolution, humans are making new things in novel ways into hitherto impossible shapes, using the technology of a fizzled craze: 3D printing. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Technological change is at the heart of the audiobook craze. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon’s Audiobook Boom," 2 July 2018 Attend as a guest to take classes like Zumba or Powerlifting 101, or set up your own booth to spread the gospel of your favorite fitness craze. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "7 Fitness Festivals Happening Around the U.S. This Summer," 1 June 2018 Roseanne may be a runaway hit, but Madison Avenue ad buyers still are skeptical of the reboot craze that's gripping broadcast television. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Advertisers Skeptical of Reboot Craze and Reduced Ad Loads," 23 May 2018 Reinking's claims are just one example of the dark side of the craze surrounding the pop star. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Taylor Swift can't seem to shake off stalking suspects, Internet kooks," 25 Apr. 2018 Florida Georgia Line was once at the forefront of the craze, but has since evolved: singing about faith and family on 2016 album Dig Your Roots, and the prospects of a relationship on Meant to Be. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Country music is having a dance-pop moment — and fans are loving it," 9 Mar. 2018 And although most aspects of the reality real-estate craze have changed, a few things have remained the same: 1. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Country Living, "Ladies' Home Journal Predicted America's Future Obsession with Real-Estate Reality TV In 1903," 14 July 2016

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First Known Use of craze

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for craze

Verb

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

Noun

see craze entry 1

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More Definitions for craze

craze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a period of time

craze

noun
\ˈkrāz \

Kids Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a short while

craze

verb
\ˈkrāz \
crazed; crazing

Medical Definition of craze 

transitive verb

: to make insane or as if insane crazed by pain and fear

intransitive verb

: to become insane

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