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

native, natural, raw, rude, undressed, unprocessed, unrefined, untreated

Antonyms: Adjective

dressed, processed, refined, treated

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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

But its usage, driven mostly by demand for gasoline, remained 10 percent below the 2005 peak, aligning with recent predictions gasoline will soon be displaced as a main driver of crude demand worldwide. Katherine Blunt, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. fossil fuel consumption reaches lowest share in a century," 3 July 2018 The crude black-and-white faces on the left are from 2014, published as part of a landmark paper that introduced the AI tool known as the generative adversarial network (GAN). James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 The windows there show a crude skyline rendered in what might be cardboard and drawn in a shaky child’s hand. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Mr. and Mr. Polar Bear, Karaoke, and the Grinch: A Closer Look at the Holiday Windows," 27 Nov. 2018 Decades earlier, Thomas had emphatically denied engaging in the crude behavior Hill described. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In the Age of #MeToo, Will Christine Blasey Ford’s Experience Be the Same as Anita Hill’s?," 17 Sep. 2018 Up until 2012, Iran was China's third-largest source of crude oil imports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 Indeed, wind power might be a tough sell to people who go to Ocean City to relax, relish the sunrise and buy T-shirts with crude expressions. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Rodricks: Wind resistance in Ocean City is ludicrous," 12 June 2018 But as crude prices have risen, and operators in the Permian have contended with shortages of labor and pipelines, the Eagle Ford has gotten more attention. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Austin-based oil company buys more Eagle Ford Shale acreage," 6 July 2018 Times of turmoil tend to boost crude prices, to the benefit of big U.S. producers—of which the best positioned right now is Chevron (cvx, -1.96%). Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "Three Stocks to Own in Risky Times," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign-wealth fund took a major step toward selling off some of its substantial holdings in oil-and-gas companies, a move to shield the oil-rich nation from the risk of permanently lower crude prices. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Norway’s Sovereign-Wealth Fund Moves Toward Divesting From Oil, Gas Stocks," 8 Mar. 2019 Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 49 cents in London to $62.00. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Asian stocks rise after listless Wall Street day," 11 Feb. 2019 For generations, Texas has been a steady producer of fossil fuels like coal and crude oil. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Could Easily Generate Most of Its Energy Through Wind And Solar, Study Finds," 3 Jan. 2019 An average of 718,000 barrels of crude a day traversed America’s railways as of October, the latest data available, an 88% increase from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Oil Trains Make Comeback as Pipeline Bottlenecks Worsen," 31 Jan. 2019 In many ways, the oil business in the U.S. has never been better, with domestic producers in a growing number of states churning out barrels of crude in record numbers. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 The price of crude plummeted more than 60 percent over 2014 and 2015. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE Exits Health, Oil as CEO Shrinks Onetime Titan to Save It," 26 June 2018 Media: Brandpoint So Enterprise Products is using hoses to load almost 1.1 million barrels of crude onto the vessel. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Tight squeeze: Supersized crude carrier calls on Texas City port," 22 June 2018 Designed by Lofelt, the Nari Ultimate’s haptic effects are more nuanced than the crude on/off rumble of old. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019

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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

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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