crude

adjective
\ ˈkrüd How to pronounce crude (audio) \
cruder; crudest

Definition of crude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity a crude stereotype crude tools crude jokes
2 : existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing crude oil crude ore
3 : rough or inexpert in plan or execution a crude shelter
4 : lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element : obvious crude facts
5 : tabulated without being broken down into classes the crude death rate
6 archaic : unripe, immature

crude

noun

Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance in its natural unprocessed state especially : unrefined petroleum

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Other Words from crude

Adjective

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crude

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

rude, rough, crude, raw mean lacking in social refinement. rude implies ignorance of or indifference to good form; it may suggest intentional discourtesy. rude behavior rough is likely to stress lack of polish and gentleness. rough manners crude may apply to thought or behavior limited to the gross, the obvious, or the primitive. a crude joke raw suggests being untested, inexperienced, or unfinished. turning raw youths into polished performers

Examples of crude in a Sentence

Adjective They built a crude shelter out of branches. a crude summary of the country's history She first described the procedure in crude terms, and then went into more detail.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to the deal, Saudi Aramco would also supply 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil on a long-term basis to RIL’s Jamnagar Refinery, the world’s largest refining facility. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "How Asia’s richest man racked up a $21 billion debt, and is now working overtime to clear it," 17 May 2020 Energy stocks did well after the price of crude oil bounced up 9%. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 13-14," 15 May 2020 In places like Texas, natural gas is frequently an abundant side product produced by drillers that use fracking to extract crude oil. Brad Plumer, New York Times, "In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.," 13 May 2020 Blackstone acquired a near 7% stake in Energy Transfer, a transporter of natural gases and crude oils, including shares held by Harvest Fund Advisors, per Bloomberg citing sources. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Some are investing in the coronavirus. Warren Buffett isn’t," 4 May 2020 The situation temporarily caused prices for West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark for crude oil, to go negative in April and have remained below $20 per barrel since then. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Enterprise, Enbrige still moving forward with offshore export terminal," 1 May 2020 That means ideally, using one dangerous petrochemical—methylbenzene is a component of crude oil—for just one leg of the journey will take advantage of the petrochemical supply chain while ultimately delivering clean hydrogen for energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The First International Hydrogen Supply Chain Is a Big Deal," 29 Apr. 2020 Earlier this week, at least one listing for crude oil began selling in the negatives, as demand for fuel has plummeted and distributors have run out of storage space. Tim Darnell, ajc, "New unemployment numbers coming Thursday morning," 23 Apr. 2020 With many oil tanks filling up, the federal government is negotiating with companies to store crude oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Cathy Bussewitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Q&A: Oil prices hit new lows as economic pain deepens," 22 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Benchmark Brent crude prices, trading over $70 a barrel a year ago, now hovers just over $20 a barrel as demand collapses amid an oversupplied market. Nasser Karmi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Iranian stocks are up 225% this year," 19 May 2020 Trump has long hammered OPEC, the oil-producer cartel, for artificially boosting crude prices. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump's bizarre wish list: Higher oil prices and negative interest rates," 15 May 2020 However, its structure uniquely benefits energy companies that were raking in record profits in 2018 as crude prices reached $76.41 per barrel, only to see their fortunes flip a year later. Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg.com, "‘Stealth Bailout’ Shovels Millions of Dollars to Oil Companies," 15 May 2020 Comstock’s output is 98% gas, which has insulated the company from the worst ravages of the unprecedented collapse in crude prices. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Jerry Jones’ shale play takes a hit after disclosing plans to sell more shares," 14 May 2020 That means Brent crude prices, the international benchmark, could pass the $40 per barrel mark, probably before the end of this year. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Not so fast on those rising gas prices," 12 May 2020 The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 0.5%, led by declines in energy stocks as crude prices fell on demand concerns. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks drop as investors weigh US-China tensions over coronavirus," 4 May 2020 That slump in fuel demand has caused crude prices to crash worldwide, straining the budgets of major oil producers like Saudi Arabia and pushing drilling companies in places like Texas to the brink of bankruptcy. New York Times, "Emissions Declines Will Set Records This Year. But It’s Not Good News.," 30 Apr. 2020 The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil closed at $12.34 a barrel Tuesday. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oil price destruction makes its way to Wisconsin's frac sand mines," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of crude

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crude

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw

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The first known use of crude was in the 14th century

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22 May 2020

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“Crude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crude. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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crude

adjective
How to pronounce crude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very simple and basic : made or done in a way that does not show a lot of skill
: rude in a way that makes people uncomfortable especially : talking about sexual matters in a rude way
: very simple and basic in a way that is true but not complete

crude

noun

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

: oil as it exists in the ground : petroleum that is not yet ready to be used as fuel

crude

adjective
\ ˈkrüd How to pronounce crude (audio) \
cruder; crudest

Kids Definition of crude

1 : in a natural state and not changed by special treatment : raw crude oil crude sugar
2 : planned or done in a rough or unskilled way a crude drawing
3 : not having or showing good manners : vulgar crude language

Other Words from crude

crudely adverb
crudeness noun

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