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 The price of crude oil, which is refined into gasoline, spiked more than 4% to top $65 for a short period as traders absorbed news of the retaliatory attack Tuesday night. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "'Chill out': Gas prices not spiking due to Iran attack, but that could still change," 8 Jan. 2020 Soleimani's killing sent shudders through world markets: Brent crude oil futures jumped nearly $3 to $69 a barrel, their highest since September. Louisa Loveluck, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran vows revenge after U.S. drone strike kills elite force commander," 3 Jan. 2020 The price of crude oil spiked about 4 percent overnight. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Cost of gas jumps overnight in Alabama," 3 Jan. 2020 Keystone XL would be a 36-inch (91-centimeter) wide pipeline that would help transport up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast. Washington Post, "US State Department oil pipeline review doesn’t ease worries," 30 Oct. 2019 The attack on Saudi Arabia disrupted more than 5% of the global supply of crude, sending Brent crude prices as high as $70 a barrel. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Tanker attack gives oil prices a boost. Here's why it's unlikely to last," 11 Oct. 2019 The weekend attack halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5 percent of the world’s daily crude oil production. BostonGlobe.com, "US stocks slip as spike in crude oil rattles market - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 The weekend attack halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga, SFChronicle.com, "US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles market," 16 Sep. 2019 The weekend attack halted production of 5.7 million barrels of crude a day, more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production. Robert Burns, Twin Cities, "Trump: It looks like Iran hit Saudis, no military option yet," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stocks, gold and crude oil are all on pace to return double-digit gains. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stock market: Here’s why your 401(k) is celebrating 2019 before ringing in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 With crude oil prices stuck in the $50-to-$60 per barrel range most of the year, drilling activity was down in Texas by nearly 10 percent in 2019. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: Top Texas drillers of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 The damage occurred when one of Murphy’s storage tanks floated off its foundation during Katrina and dumped over a million gallons of crude oil into a square-mile segment of Meraux and Chalmette. Joan Meiners, ProPublica, "How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled," 28 Dec. 2019 That gives it leverage over Europe, which guzzles Libyan crude oil. The Economist, "Magnet for mayhem Foreign powers are piling into Libya," 12 Dec. 2019 Brent crude oil hovered near $64 per barrel Thursday. Arkansas Online, "OPEC debates deeper production cuts to push up oil price," 5 Dec. 2019 Cheap gasoline is practically considered a birthright in Iran, home to the world’s fourth-largest crude oil reserves despite decades of economic woes. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Iran state TV acknowledges security forces killed people – calling them ‘rioters’ – during protests over gas prices," 3 Dec. 2019 Benchmark prices for American crude oil rose 0.3 percent to $56.10 a barrel. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Trump Volatility in Markets Is Back," 3 Dec. 2019 The oil field accounts normally for 8 percent of Iraq’s average daily crude production. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of crude was in the 14th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Crude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crudely. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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crude

adjective
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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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