\ 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 Russia has also benefited from higher crude prices. David Goldman, CNN, 21 June 2022 One way to change that is use the strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) to put a floor on US crude prices, so that American producers can invest without worrying that OPEC price wars will leave them bankrupt. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 17 June 2022 The recovery from the global pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent global oil prices soaring, with Brent crude prices hitting a 14-year high of about $139 a barrel in March. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Meanwhile the crack spread — the difference between crude oil prices and the price of gas and diesel — is well above historic averages. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 15 June 2022 Even though all sectors were lower, a 1.5% increase in crude oil prices gave some support to energy, which was down less than 1% for the week and remains far-and-away the best performing sector for the year, up 61.3%. John Dobosz, Forbes, 13 June 2022 But in the short-term, such bans are hurting Western consumers more since the embargoes push crude oil prices even higher. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 June 2022 And crude oil prices have remained high, at $119 per barrel Tuesday. Emily Sweeney,, 7 June 2022 But even as crude oil prices have fallen some, prices at the gas station remain elevated. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oil prices gained a bit Tuesday, but the benchmark Brent crude now sits about $10 below its recent highs. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 21 June 2022 Pavel Molchanov, an analyst at Raymond James, noted that Russian oil is selling for $35 per barrel less than Brent crude, the international benchmark, reflecting the discount buyers demand for doing business with the nation. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 June 2022 The Indian government has asked state oil companies to scoop up huge volumes of cheap crude from Russia, according to industry executives, strengthening commercial ties with the country even as the West tightens sanctions on Moscow. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 21 June 2022 New pipelines from the North Dakota Bakken region and the Permian Basin in Texas had begun pumping crude directly to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries. Evan Halper, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 Moscow was compelled to slash prices as European sanctions dried up demand for its crude in Germany and other countries. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 20 June 2022 New pipelines from the North Dakota Bakken region and the Permian Basin in Texas had begun pumping crude directly to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 India, for example, has increased its share of Russia’s total crude exports from 1% to 18% since the invasion, according to the BBC. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 20 June 2022 However, Chee said the oil found bubbling up on Thursday did not resemble the thick, black crude oil found at wells but was instead watery and thin. Jonah Valdezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 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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23 Jun 2022

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\ 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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