\ ˈkrü How to pronounce crew (audio) \

Definition of crew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly British past tense of crow


\ 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


crewed; crewing; crews

Definition of crew (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to act as a member of a crew Horwitz begins his re-creation of Cook's journeys by crewing on a replica of the Endeavour, Cook's first ship.— Robert R. Harris

transitive verb

1 : to serve as a crew member on (a ship, an aircraft, etc.) Crewing the vessel were three experienced sailors …— Ron Arias
2 : to supply (something) with people (as for service) "… you need to know at least 72 hours beforehand … to fuel and crew the plane, fly the plane over, give the crew enough time to rest," he [Erik Pitkethly] says.— Emma Sheppard Eventually, the production based itself in Stirling and Jankel filmed entirely on location …. The Screen Scotland Screen Commission helped crew the film with a majority Scottish

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crewless \ ˈkrü-​ləs How to pronounce crew (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crew

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The coming-of-age drama centers on a teenage boy (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) who wants to take after his late brother and join the same infamous crew of Baltimore dirt-bike riders, worrying his mom (Teyonah Parris). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "25 powerful movies to stream in honor of Black History Month, from 'Da 5 Bloods' to 'One Night in Miami'," 17 Feb. 2021 Monday, the on-site medical crew of the nonprofit Global Response Management prepared for another night of freezing temperatures that are forecast to dip to 25 degrees--about the same frigid conditions as Sunday night. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Freezing weather hits Matamoros migrant camp where asylum-seekers are days away from U.S. entry," 15 Feb. 2021 With a crew of 18 fishermen, and two biologists from the institute, Páll’s brother, Guðmundur Guðmundsson, captained their trawler, Huginn, to southern Icelandic waters to conduct their survey. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 The crew of the second C.B.P. boat fastened a rope to the Lazora’s bow and began towing. New York Times, "Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean," 28 Jan. 2021 Launching from Wellington, New Zealand, the crew of the research vessel Kaharoa, operated by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, endured a 75-day voyage rocked by storms to deploy more than 160 Argo floats in the Indian Ocean. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Pandemic Is Undermining Weather Monitoring," 28 Jan. 2021 These subs aren't large—they're only 222 feet long with a beam of 28 feet and a crew of up to 55. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Wild Ride Through the Guts of a Secret Submarine," 27 Jan. 2021 Once the order to render aid was given, the crew of the John Paul Jones worked quickly. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 Valor has about 1,500 cabins and capacity for nearly 3,000 passengers, with crew of about 1,200. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "Carnival Valor now won't sail from New Orleans until at least end of October," 25 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But how can crew members force a dog to stop barking, a cat to stop mewling or a pig to stop oinking when its owner can’t get the animal to comply? Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, "Sorry, peacocks. New ruling says only dogs qualify as service animals," 17 Dec. 2020 Police said officers were speaking to crew members to determine exactly what had happened. Fox News, "Crew safe, 7 detained after UK special forces raid tanker," 26 Oct. 2020 Grey said Allegiant's policy also applies to crew members on duty. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Allegiant passenger removed after dispute over flight attendant's face mask," 9 Sep. 2020 The ship received a retrofit to accommodate the latest Navy fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, along with upgrades to crew living spaces and electrical systems, the Navy said in a statement. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson returns to San Diego," 2 Sep. 2020 Here are key details: What: NASA and SpaceX’s crewed space launch When: The launch is scheduled to happen 12:22 p.m. PT/3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 30, but pre-flight preparations and coverage will be live before then at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. oregonlive, "SpaceX, NASA Saturday launch: Time, TV channel, how to watch for free live online, more streaming coverage details (5/30/2020)," 30 May 2020 SpaceX currently is readying the hardware for the first space station crew rotational mission, which would happen after data from this test flight is reviewed for certification. Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Watch live: NASA, SpaceX to launch first astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011," 27 May 2020 Almost a quarter of the Theodore Roosevelt crew 1,102 people — have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy announced Thursday. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 29-30," 1 May 2020 The rumors about the Bayside High crew getting back together are true: Saved by the Bell is getting the reboot treatment! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The First 'Saved by the Bell' Reboot Trailer Is Here and It's Beyond Epic," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crew


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for crew


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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The first known use of crew was in the 15th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Crew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ 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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