crop up


cropped up; cropping up; crops up

intransitive verb

: to come or appear when not expected
New problems crop up every day.
His name crops up frequently as a potential candidate.

Examples of crop up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Euan Blair’s apprenticeship unicorn Multiverse acquired Searchlight, which uses a unique AI loop to improve employers’ hiring success while aiming to reduce biases that can crop up in the recruitment process. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 18 Apr. 2024 Some severe storms could crop up again in Central Indiana Wednesday as a line of them move in throughout the day. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Apr. 2024 And finally, there are the injuries and bumps in the road that crop up in the next four weeks. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Next to its famously elegant but decaying colonial architecture, new houses, hotels, malls, gyms and offices of concrete and glass crop up constantly. Gaiutra Bahadur Keisha Scarville, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Some of the puck management issues that have frequently haunted the Sharks this season cropped up again as they were sent to their eighth straight loss. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 Some of the first major studies regarding the four-day week cropped up, and found that employees were just as productive, more satisfied, and less burnt out with the new schedule. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 Similar efforts cropped up in primaries that followed around the country. Asma Khalid, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 These types of viewing parties are cropping up everywhere, including at alpaca farms in Texas, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Note: See note at crop entry 2

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crop up was in 1844

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“Crop up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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