crew

\ ˈkrü \

Definition of crew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly British past tense of crow

crew

noun
\ ˈkrü \

Definition of crew (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic : a band or force of armed men
2a : a group of people associated together in a common activity or by common traits or interests
3a : a company of people working on one job or under one foreman or operating a machine
b : the whole company belonging to a ship sometimes including the officers and master also : one who assists the skipper of a sailboat
c : the persons who have duties on an aircraft in flight
d : the rowers and coxswain of a racing shell also : rowing

crew

verb
crewed; crewing; crews

Definition of crew (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to act as a member of a crew

transitive verb

: to serve as a crew member on (a ship, an aircraft, etc.)

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Other Words from crew

Noun

crewless \ ˈkrü-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for crew

Synonyms: Noun

cabal, conspiracy, gang, Mafia, mob, ring, syndicate

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Examples of crew in a Sentence

Noun

a skilled member of a ship's crew the flight's passengers and crew the ship's captain and crew A construction crew will begin work on the house next week.

Verb

She spent a couple of years crewing on a British ship. The ship was crewed by 12 men.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back in November, Travis Scott decided to join the #oldcéline crew. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These 7 Vintage Accounts on Instagram Are Tailor-Made for Male Fashion Nerds," 16 Jan. 2019 Against this backdrop, a scientist works to uncover why the gate-builders vanished, while the crew of the Rocinante take up the fight against Emperor Duarte’s rule. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 The Apollo 8 crew would still fly, but their destination would be lunar orbit, but minus the lunar lander. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Teacher: Consider a group gift with parents pooled funds Gardener: Equivalent of a week's pay Pool Cleaner: Equivalent of one session, divided among the crew. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Definitive Guide to Holiday Tipping," 17 Dec. 2018 So, who is the Gargoyle King — pulling strings and causing Betty, Archie, and the rest of the crew's lives to spin out of control? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is the Gargoyle King? 6 Theories on the Identity of the Creature Wreaking Havoc on "Riverdale"," 29 Nov. 2018 The crew then made stops in over 20 different cities across the country. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Will Change in Some Major Ways When the New Season Starts in 2019," 19 Nov. 2018 Apparently the 25-person shadow crew that was left behind to finish up Netflix’s Minecraft: Story Mode port is now somewhat less than 25 people, as Telltale laid off yet another team this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Total War: Warhammer II adds undead pirates, Amazon's MMO leaks on Pornhub," 5 Oct. 2018 The divers lifted the boy, and the crew at the edge of the water pulled him out. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s crewed by alien researchers known as the Ynaa, and the novel follows Mera, a Ynaa ambassador, and her human assistant, Derrick. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Low’s pitch was accepted, and on August 19, 1968, NASA directors gave the Apollo 8 crew their new mission. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Return to the Moon, Take Two This reusable spacecraft is not the first lunar lander proposed since Apollo 11, the last crewed mission to the moon, returned in 1972. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA’s Return to the Moon Could Include a Reusable Lunar Lander," 23 Oct. 2018 The next crewed launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for December 3rd. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Russia’s space agency reveals why last month’s rocket launch failed," 1 Nov. 2018 If these flights go well, the next crewed Soyuz launch would occur in early December and carry Russian Oleg Kononenko, Canadian David Saint-Jacques, and American Anne McClain to the station. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA chief says agency plans to launch crew on Soyuz in December," 23 Oct. 2018 The first Boeing mission to the International Space Station will be crewed by NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Suni Williams. Fox News, "NASA names nine 'American hero' astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions," 3 Aug. 2018 Shelby’s crew tinkered with the cars, trying out different body parts, engines and transmissions. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "'Little Red' 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 found after 50 years, could be worth millions," 17 Aug. 2018 Apparently the cameras will start rolling in August, when the tourist season in Mykonos is at its height, and continue as Lohan and crew open the club in Rhodes. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Is Lindsay Lohan on Her Way to Becoming Our Next Lisa Vanderpump?," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of crew

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1935, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for crew

Noun

Middle English crue, from Middle French, reinforcement, literally, increase, from crue, feminine past participle of croistre to grow, from Latin crescere — more at crescent

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crew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the group of people who operate a ship, airplane, or train
: the people who work on a ship except the officers and captain
: a group of people who do a specified kind of work together

crew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crew (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a member of a crew that operates a ship or airplane

crew

noun
\ ˈkrü \

Kids Definition of crew

1 : the group of people who operate a ship, train, or airplane
2 : a group of people working together the news crew
3 : a gathering of people Mom feeds a large crew on holidays.

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