crew

\ ˈkrü How to pronounce crew (audio) \

Definition of crew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly British past tense of crow

crew

noun
\ ˈkrü How to pronounce crew (audio) \

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 How to pronounce crewless (audio) \ 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

Today had a crew fly over to Scotland while Kathie Lee filmed Then Came You with her good friend and fellow TV host Craig Ferguson. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Kathie Lee Gifford on Leaving Hoda Kotb and a "Million Memories" Behind," 5 Apr. 2019 The skeletal remains were found by a construction crew in an area where homes are being built in Anna, about 45 miles north of Dallas. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Human remains found in Texas identified as those of woman who disappeared in 2014," 2 Oct. 2018 The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, which at one point seemed invincible, was cut from 400 employees down to a mere 25—a skeleton crew responsible for finishing The Walking Dead: The Final Season before the studio closes for good. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Telltale hit with major layoffs and THQ continues its buying spree," 21 Sep. 2018 Buttigieg, who speaks seven languages, demonstrated some of his language skills when a Norwegian media crew showed up to ask questions after the Columbia event. Sara Burnett, The Seattle Times, "Buttigieg gains with crowds, TV spots and campaign cash," 26 Mar. 2019 Its buffet-style menu will guarantee a full and happy Easter crew. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019 Pacific Yellowfin Charters, a yacht that mainly operates out of British Columbia; a more special crew of people, skill sets, and raw wilderness would be hard to find. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels, Islands, and Cruises to Watch in 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 The mission would send NASA’s upcoming Orion crew capsule around the moon to test the capabilities of the system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "If SLS Won't Launch NASA's Moon Mission, What Will?," 14 Mar. 2019 The Swedish actress seems preternaturally at ease and visibly in control, often calling the shots—politely—to the stunt coordinators and photography crew from midair. Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Vikander Leaps to New Heights—in Life and Fashion," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Coast Guard originally placed a 1,500-yard safety zone around the mine after it was spotted by a state Department of Natural Resources crew drifting 400 yards east of the Brownsville Marina. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Unexploded ‘device’ floating near Brownsville Marina – described as a mine – detonated by Navy," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce crew (audio) \

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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