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

Meetings between Federer and Nadal were once almost crude in their symbolism: brute force versus elegance, right versus left, passion versus cool. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Rematch Showed Just How Alike the Two Greats Have Become," 12 July 2019 Those symbols could have been expanded, circumventing the crude use of actual runes. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 2019 On the other hand, the content filtering feature is rather crude. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "For keeping kids safe online, there are plenty of tools," 4 July 2019 Iacocca later reiterated the same sentiments to Time magazine in 2001, saying Ford was cruel, crude and paranoid. Fox News, "Lee Iacocca, 'father' of Ford Mustang who helped save Chrysler from bankruptcy, dead at 94: reports," 3 July 2019 While the policy would allow better privacy control and agency for users, how companies would actually disclose data value is a bit of a head scratcher: There's no benchmark to value crude numbers for bits and bytes. Lydia Horne, WIRED, "Wayfair Walkout, Facebook Data Value, and More News," 26 June 2019 The 150-year-old refinery processes hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil daily that turns into gasoline. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "How will the Philidelphia oil refinery fire affect gas prices?," 21 June 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions says the 150-year-old oil refining complex produces 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Dallas News, "Dallas company owns stake in Philadelphia refinery where explosion occurred," 21 June 2019 According to its website, the complex produces 335,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Matt Rourke, Cincinnati.com, "Philadelphia refinery fire: Booms, fire reported at crude oil complex," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the four joint ventures with PDVSA currently produce about 200,000 barrels a day in total, Chevron’s net daily production at the company’s joint ventures averaged 42,000 barrels of crude oil in 2018. Washington Post, "Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela?," 16 July 2019 This year's inland spill in California is larger than a 2015 California oil spill that spewed 105,000 gallons of crude oil out of a ruptured pipeline off the coast near Santa Barbara. Ryan Prior, CNN, "California orders Chevron to 'take all measures' to halt massive spill of oil-water mixture," 15 July 2019 Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that crude oil prices contributed to the increase at the pump. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 14 July 2019 As for crude oil specifically, the agency says the U.S. became the world’s top crude oil producer last year. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Trump administration fact check: Environment, VA, Russia and jobs," 13 July 2019 Enterprise has recently built massive crude oil and natural gas liquids pipelines stretching more than 500 miles from West Texas' Permian Basin to the Houston area. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Enterprise expanding oil exports and more along Houston Ship Channel," 8 July 2019 The Grace 1, able to ship 2 million barrels of crude oil, was intercepted by detachments of Royal Marines and Gibraltarian police, who boarded the tanker from a helicopter and speed boat in the early hours of Thursday morning. Time, "British Marines Seize Supertanker Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Causing Diplomatic Row," 4 July 2019 Energy stocks fell broadly after U.S. crude oil prices slid nearly 5% a day after OPEC agreed to extend a cut in production levels for nine months. Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "Stocks rebound, S&P 500 hits a record again," 2 July 2019 Recent studies have pointed to increases in the price of gasoline and propane if the flow of Line 5 crude oil across the states is cut off. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Shut down Enbridge Line 5? Here are 6 things to know," 27 June 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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