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crowd

verb \ ˈkrau̇d \

Definition of crowd

intransitive verb
1 a : to press on : hurry
  • The ships crowded northward.
b : to press close
  • The players crowded around the coach.
2 : to collect in numbers
  • Police officers warned people not to crowd.
transitive verb
1 a : to fill by pressing or thronging together
  • crowd a room
b : to press, force, or thrust into a small space
  • crowded the people into the bus
2 : push, force often used with off or out
  • crowd a person off the sidewalk
3 a : to urge on
  • … I crowded him until streams of sweat ran from his beard.
  • —Jesse H. Stuart
b : to put on (sail) in excess of the usual for greater speed
4 : to put pressure on
  • Don't crowd me, I'll pay.
5 : throng, jostle
  • … changes … crowd each other in a whirl of confusing images when we try to picture this century …
  • —Nicholas Murray Butler
6 : to press or stand close to
  • The batter was crowding the plate.
7 : to approach or come close to (an age or amount)
  • a friend who's crowding 70
  • … a sedan that crowds $100,000 when all the option boxes have been checked.
  • —Jeff Sabatini

Examples of crowd in a Sentence

  1. Boxes crowded the floor of my apartment.

  2. There are too many products crowding the market.

  3. The club has been accused of crowding too many people into too small a space.

  4. By the end of the 10th mile, three bicyclists were crowding the racer in front.

  5. Please move back. You're crowding me.

Origin and Etymology of crowd

Middle English crouden, from Old English crūdan; akin to Middle High German kroten to crowd, Old English crod multitude, Middle Irish gruth curds

crowd Synonyms

Synonyms
cram, crush, jam, ram, sandwich, shoehorn, squeeze, stuff, wedge
Related Words
fill, heap, jam-pack, load, pack
Near Antonyms
break up, disband, disperse, split (up)

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crowd

noun

Definition of crowd

1 : a large number of persons especially when collected together : throng
2 a : the great body of the people : populace
b : most of one's peers
  • follow the crowd
3 : a large number of things close together
  • … I saw a crowd … of golden daffodils …
  • —William Wordsworth
4 : a group of people having something (such as a habit, interest, or occupation) in common
  • in with the wrong crowd
  • the Hollywood crowd

Origin and Etymology of crowd

see 1crowd

Synonym Discussion of crowd

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together.
    • a crowd gathered
throng and horde suggest movement and pushing.
    • a throng of reporters
    • a horde of shoppers
crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort.
    • a crush of fans
mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence.
    • an angry mob

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crowd

noun \ ˈkrau̇d , ˈkrüd \

Definition of crowd

1 : an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed called also crwth
2 dialectal, England : violin

Illustration of crowd

Origin and Etymology of crowd

Middle English crowde, from Middle Welsh crwth


CROWD Defined for English Language Learners

crowd

verb

Definition of crowd for English Language Learners

  • : to fill (something) so that there is little or no room for anyone or anything else : to take up much or most of the space in (an area or space)

  • : to push or force (something) into a small space

  • : to move into a small space


CROWD Defined for Kids

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crowd

verb \ ˈkrau̇d \

Definition of crowd for Students

crowded; crowding
1 : to push into a small space
  • After the meeting we all crowded into an elevator.
2 : to form a tight group
  • Players crowded around the coach.
3 : to collect in numbers
  • People crowded at the entrance.
4 : to fill or pack by pressing together
  • Cars crowded the roads.

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crowd

noun

Definition of crowd for Students

1 : a large number of people in one place
2 : the population as a whole : ordinary people
  • These books appeal to the crowd.
3 : a group of people who spend time together or have a common interest
  • She hangs around with a wild crowd.


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