\ ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce crowd (audio) \
crowded; crowding; crowds

Definition of crowd

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

1a : 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 outcrowd a person off the sidewalk
3a : 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


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Definition of crowd (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a large number of persons especially when collected together : throng
2a : 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


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\ ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce crowd (audio) , ˈkrüd How to pronounce crowd (audio) \

Definition of crowd (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed

called also crwth

2 dialectal, England : violin

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Noun (2)

3crowd 1

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Noun (1)

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

Examples of crowd in a Sentence

Verb Boxes crowded the floor of my apartment. There are too many products crowding the market. The club has been accused of crowding too many people into too small a space. By the end of the 10th mile, three bicyclists were crowding the racer in front. Please move back. You're crowding me.
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First Known Use of crowd


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crowd

Verb and Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English crowde, from Middle Welsh crwth

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The first known use of crowd was before the 12th century

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“Crowd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crowd

: 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


\ ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce crowd (audio) \
crowded; crowding

Kids Definition of crowd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of crowd (Entry 2 of 2)

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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