crumble

verb
crum·​ble | \ ˈkrəm-bəl How to pronounce crumble (audio) \
crumbled; crumbling\ ˈkrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crumbling (audio) \

Definition of crumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to break into small pieces

intransitive verb

1 : to fall into small pieces : disintegrate
2 : to break down completely : collapse marriages crumble

crumble

noun

Definition of crumble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something crumbled : fine debris

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Examples of crumble in a Sentence

Verb

Crumble the cookies into small bits. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled. bones so old they had crumbled to dust She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, instead of crumbling under his and others criticisms, both Warren and Sanders each hit back and held their own in defending their policy positions and initiatives throughout the discussion. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Health care and CNN's rules are among the winners and losers of Tuesday's Democratic debate," 30 July 2019 The building was literally wrapped in tons of crumbling rock that had somehow survived the earthquake. Anchorage Daily News, "Repairs to downtown Anchorage church snowball after additional damage is found," 13 June 2019 Before the demolition crews began clearing the Valley View site, the crumbling shopping mall — once one of Dallas' most popular retail venues — was considered a huge blight on the area. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Valley View gone: Teardown of Dallas shopping mall boosts nearby property owners," 23 Aug. 2019 In addition to the issue with absenteeism, the report found severe dysfunction, including crumbling facilities and no clear lines of authority. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Education commissioner sees teacher absenteeism as concern," 21 Aug. 2019 Letts, 24, was arrested two years ago after trying to escape the crumbling ISIS regime, and he has been held in a Kurdish-run prison ever since. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Canada 'disappointed' at Britain for stripping ISIS fighter's citizenship," 19 Aug. 2019 In his stateroom, Stanclik held the crumbling part between his thumb and forefinger. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 Elected as Michigan's 49th governor in November, Whitmer, a Democrat, ran on a platform of fixing the state's crumbling roads and improving education and the environment. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer wants civil rights director ousted: These 8 people could decide his fate," 15 Aug. 2019 Critics blame two decades of socialist rule for plummeting oil production and a crumbling nation. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beyond Meat burgers and meat crumbles are currently sold at Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco, and the company is testing sausages at Tim Hortons in Canada. Fox News, "Dunkin' rolls out Beyond Meat sausage breakfast sandwiches in NYC," 24 July 2019 Transfer the crumble to a storage container and freeze until ready to use, up to 2 weeks. Los Angeles Times, "How to make the best kolaches from our favorite NYC pastry chef," 26 Aug. 2019 Likewise, longtime market fave Sweet Rolls Denton, was sold out of its flavor of the month, strawberry-rhubarb topping with strawberry frosting and oat crumble. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "This Denton farmers market is worth the trip for its folksy feel and locally grown goods," 5 Aug. 2019 Recipe notes: The unbaked crumble can be covered and refrigerated for up to a day in advance. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "The best summer fruit belongs in this crispy, buttery crumble," 28 July 2019 Recipe notes: The unbaked crumble can be covered and refrigerated for up to a day in advance. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "The best summer fruit belongs in this crispy, buttery crumble," 28 July 2019 Recipe notes: The unbaked crumble can be covered and refrigerated for up to a day in advance. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best summer fruit belongs in this crispy, buttery crumble," 24 July 2019 Order the figure-friendly egg white omelet or the heartier Brioche French Toast, featuring Nutella crema and hazelnut crumble and the pork belly benedict. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 Finish it off with homemade apple pie topped with a white chocolate crumble. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of crumble

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumble

Verb

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

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crumble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to break (something) into small pieces
: to separate into many small pieces : to fall apart
: to break down completely : to stop functioning

crumble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crumble (Entry 2 of 2)

US : small pieces of something that has been crumbled

crumble

verb
crum·​ble | \ ˈkrəm-bəl How to pronounce crumble (audio) \
crumbled; crumbling

Kids Definition of crumble

1 : to break into small pieces crumble bread
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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