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 Canada is the world’s fourth-largest producer of crude oil. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Showdown looms as Michigan governor orders Canadian pipeline shut down," 3 May 2021 Transitioning fossil fuel workers Despite its strict environmental regulations and climate goals, California is still the nation’s seventh-largest producer of crude oil. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area Democrats want to pass climate change laws. Can they deliver?," 3 May 2021 Russia remains the world’s No. 2 exporter of crude oil and the No. 1 exporter of natural gas. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Why Putin Flexed His Military Muscle on Ukraine’s Border," 29 Apr. 2021 Not that there's a looming shortage of crude oil or gasoline. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Coming this summer: Gas stations running out of gas," 27 Apr. 2021 Russia is one of the world's largest producers of crude oil and dry natural gas. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, "To Deter Russia, Hit Them Where It Hurts," 27 Apr. 2021 Iran used such drones against Saudi Arabia in 2019, targeting the world’s largest facility for crude-oil production and stabilization. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Iran’s Growing Drone Threat," 27 Apr. 2021 Voters also liked a plan to put in place strong PFAS regulations, accept the Every Kid Outdoors pass at state parks and oppose Enbridge's Line 5 crude oil pipeline. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Spring hearings another virtual success," 22 Apr. 2021 Indian imports of crude oil and petroleum condensates had been on the rise in March and early April. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Change Afoot for Oil Market as Asian Demand Wanes, Iranian Supply Rises," 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 24 cents to $65.27 per barrel in London. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, "Asia stocks lower after Wall St record ahead of Fed meeting," 27 Apr. 2021 Energy shares have had help from the rallying price of oil, with Brent crude, the international benchmark, rising 34% in 2021. Karen Langley, WSJ, "Value Investors Finally Have Reason to Celebrate—for Now," 12 Mar. 2021 Global oil inventories built at an unprecedented rate between March and May due to the combination of the pandemic’s impact on energy demand and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which saw the kingdom flood the market with crude. Andy Hoffman, Bloomberg.com, "Oil Trader Says Market Can’t Handle OPEC Production Increase," 23 Sep. 2020 First, Russia and Saudi Arabia engaged in an epic price war that flooded the market with excess crude. Matt Egan, CNN, "It's a bizarre time for Trump to open Alaska's Arctic refuge up to oil drilling," 18 Aug. 2020 The gap between Brent and Dubai prices plays an important role in directing flows of crude around the world. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Change Afoot for Oil Market as Asian Demand Wanes, Iranian Supply Rises," 22 Apr. 2021 That helps explain the 50% rise in the price of crude since early fall. Robert Rapier, Forbes, "Energy Trounced All Other Sectors In The First Quarter," 17 Apr. 2021 The nation's second largest oil-producing state, North Dakota churned out 1.08 million barrels of crude per day in February, down nearly 6% from the previous month, according to state data released Thursday. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Blackouts cut North Dakota oil production," 15 Apr. 2021 According to the California Energy Commission, a barrel of crude went from less than $50 at the start of the year to around $65 now. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's why California gas prices are so high compared to other states," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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“Crude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crude. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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crude

adjective

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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