\ 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



Definition of crude (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from crude


crudely adverb
crudeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crude

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Indian imports of Russian crude oil have increased by more than 700,000 barrels a day since early last year. Kyle Isakower, WSJ, 27 July 2022 In October 2016, Ward closed the valve to a pipeline transporting crude oil from western Canada to Mount Vernon, Washington, as part of a coordinated action. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 25 July 2022 Domestic gasoline stocks increased by 3.5 million barrels of crude oil to 228.4 million. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 25 July 2022 France is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports, and the UAE is one of OPEC's major crude oil producers and an investor in offshore exploration for gas. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 22 July 2022 Even crude oil, which shot above $140 a barrel after the war in Ukraine broke out, has been steadily dropping as traders fear a recession might bring on demand destruction. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 21 July 2022 And within the United States, refineries that produce diesel from crude oil are essentially maxed out. Arkansas Online, 20 July 2022 Russia is now India’s second-largest source of crude oil. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 20 July 2022 And within the United States, refineries that produce diesel from crude oil are essentially maxed out. Cathy Bussewitz, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After President Joe Biden announced the ban on imports of Russian oil, a barrel of U.S. crude was 6.9% higher at $127.61 per barrel. CBS News, 8 Mar. 2022 Brent crude, the global benchmark, fell 3%, below $97 a barrel. Cnn Business, CNN, 14 July 2022 Oil prices also bent back, with Brent crude, the international benchmark, toppling nearly 8% to fall below $100 per barrel. Yiwen Lu And Hamza Shaban, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2022 Commodities also bent back, with Brent crude, the international benchmark, toppling 4.3 percent to $102.4 per barrel. Yiwen Lu, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, fell 3.5% to $110.68, which would be its lowest close since May 25. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Brent crude, a benchmark for global oil prices, averaged $102.23 a barrel during the first quarter, 67% higher than during the same period last year. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, 7 May 2022 Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine over two months ago, Brent crude, an international benchmark for oil pricing, has surged past $100 a barrel, the highest oil has sold for since 2012. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 5 May 2022 Brent crude, the international benchmark, was down 4.7% at $108.09 as of 1:05 p.m. in London. Saleha Mohsin,, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of crude


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for crude


\ 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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