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 Of course, Chevron also had to deal with a collapse in oil prices last year as a result of the pandemic’s depressing effect on demand, with crude oil veering into negative territory for the first time in history. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 9 June 2021 The statistics bureau said that soaring crude-oil, iron-ore and metals prices boosted factory-gate prices last month, and drove China’s imports to the fastest increase in over a decade. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 9 June 2021 It can be found in volcanoes and forest fires, as well as crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Whereas conventional jet fuel is derived from crude oil, sustainable aviation biofuels can be derived from sources like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes. Roger Sands, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The Iranian crude oil showed up in new figures released over the weekend by the U.S. Energy Information Agency, raising the eyebrows of commodities traders as Tehran remains targeted by a series of American sanctions. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 The rope was tied into what appeared to be a crude noose, according to reports. Fox News, 27 June 2020 The rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose and was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15, according to a news release Saturday from the city, which asked the FBI to investigate. Washington Post, 27 June 2020 Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies imported record volumes of crude oil, copper, iron ore and coal in 2020. Bryan Rich, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brent crude, the global benchmark, briefly plunged below $20 a barrel last April, as coronavirus lockdowns cratered demand from airlines, motorists and manufacturers. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 9 June 2021 Brent crude, the European standard, traded 2.7% higher at $71.17. David Mchugh, ajc, 1 June 2021 Brent crude, the international benchmark, rose more than 2%, topping $70 a barrel, at one point, and on track for its highest close since May 2019. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Nixon decided on rationing of gas and the crude hit the fan. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In commodities, futures on benchmark Brent crude oil rose 3% on Monday to settle at $68.46 a barrel. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Commodities again are zooming higher, with copper and crude leading the gains in that corner of the market. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 18 May 2021 Hamas has killed civilians in the past, and its recent rocket fire, though crude, can be deadly. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Biden had canceled its permit over risks of spills and worries that climate change would worsen by burning the oil sands crude that would have flowed through the pipeline. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Crude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crude. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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