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crude

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adjective \ ˈkrüd \

Definition of crude

cruder; crudest
1 :existing in a natural state and unaltered by cooking or processing
  • crude oil
  • crude ore
2 archaic :unripe, immature
3 :marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity
  • a crude stereotype
  • crude tools
  • crude jokes
4 :rough or inexpert in plan or execution
  • a crude shelter
5 :lacking a covering, glossing, or concealing element :obvious
  • crude facts
6 :tabulated without being broken down into classes
  • the crude death rate

crudely

adverb

crudeness

noun

Examples of crude in a Sentence

  1. They built a crude shelter out of branches.

  2. a crude summary of the country's history

  3. She first described the procedure in crude terms, and then went into more detail.

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Origin and Etymology of crude

Middle English, from Latin crudus raw, crude, undigested — more at raw

crude Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of crude

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

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crude

noun

Definition of crude

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

Recent Examples of crude from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of crude

see 1crude


CRUDE Defined for English Language Learners

crude

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adjective

Definition of crude for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of crude for English Language Learners

  • : oil as it exists in the ground : petroleum that is not yet ready to be used as fuel


CRUDE Defined for Kids

crude

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adjective \ ˈkrüd \

Definition of crude for Students

cruder; crudest
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

crudely

adverb

crudeness

noun


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