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crumble

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verb crum·ble \ˈkrəm-bəl\

Definition of crumble

crumbled

crumbling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to break into small pieces

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to fall into small pieces :  disintegrate

  5. 2 :  to break down completely :  collapse <marriages crumble>

Examples of crumble in a sentence

  1. Crumble the cookies into small bits.

  2. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled.

  3. bones so old they had crumbled to dust

  4. She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.

Origin and Etymology of crumble

alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma


First Known Use: 1547


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crumble

noun crum·ble

Definition of crumble

  1. 1 :  something crumbled :  fine debris

  2. 2 :  crisp 2

1860

First Known Use of crumble

1860



CRUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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crumble

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verb crum·ble \ˈkrəm-bəl\

Definition of crumble for English Language Learners

  • : to break (something) into small pieces

  • : to separate into many small pieces : to fall apart

  • : to break down completely : to stop functioning


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crumble

noun crum·ble

Definition of crumble for English Language Learners

  • crumbles : small pieces of something that has been crumbled


CRUMBLE Defined for Kids

crumble

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verb crum·ble \ˈkrəm-bəl\

Definition of crumble for Students

crumbled

crumbling

  1. 1 :  to break into small pieces <crumble bread>

  2. 2 :  to fall to pieces :  fall into ruin <Any moment these walls may crumble upon us … — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>



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