\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our leading crew of monster-fighting kids are in both Indiana and California, also juggling high school pains along with eerie paranormal threats. Melissa Giannini, ELLE, 18 May 2022 Frongillo writes a script and reconvenes his crew for a Wednesday table read to test the material. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 In clips from his concert shared on Instagram, Bieber is heard speaking about the shooting with his tour crew and audience members. Charmaine Patterson,, 16 May 2022 Suffice to say, Kissi and his crew found a way, and it was done beautifully. Essence, 16 May 2022 Season 3 of the series saw the 126 close down and its crew dispersed throughout Austin. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 May 2022 Drauszewski said as his crew prepared to deploy emergency aid if necessary. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The Red Sox had to go with a bullpen game and seemingly cruised with their crew of relievers through five innings of work. Globe Staff,, 15 May 2022 While Fieri himself might not have been here, his crew certainly was. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That was enough to make many involved in the production understandably unwilling or unable to perform or crew the show. James Freeman, WSJ, 3 May 2022 The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained the information sheet that was distributed to crew working for ESPN in front of the Oregon-WSU game. John Canzano, oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 Though the Seawolf-class submarine suffered some injuries to crew members and some damage, the Navy said the nuclear propulsion plant was not damaged in the accident. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 The producing company for the film, Rust Movie Productions LLC, in a statement called safety of cast and crew its top priority. Katherine Sayre, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2021 There were not enough firefighters to crew the long hoses, so citizens jumped in to help. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Oct. 2021 Service on the line is attentive and personal; the generous passenger to crew ratio aboard the new ship will be 1:1.38. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 And then there’s the question of who will crew the vessels. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Strechay believes the fictional world of See has real-world lessons for everyone, from the actors to crew to audiences at home. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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