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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Lebanon’s economy has been suffering from the war in neighboring Syria that saw more than a million refugees flee to Lebanon putting pressure on the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Washington Post, "Lebanese president says Beirut will overcome economic crisis," 25 Aug. 2019 More consumers want companies to address societal problems, including climate change and crumbling infrastructure. Kim Sheehan, The Conversation, "Companies promoting causes can be accused of ‘wokewashing’ – allying themselves only for good PR," 9 Aug. 2019 Imagine the other uses our taxpayer dollars could go to — education, public safety, crumbling infrastructure — instead of a private developer. L.j. Jennings, The Mercury News, "A’s move from Coliseum would be insult to East Oakland residents," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump made big promises, but did not follow through, said Klobuchar, who pledged to commit $1 trillion to fixing the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Democratic debate: Moderates go after Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren," 30 July 2019 To connect with Detroit’s black voters, White said, a presidential candidate needs to have an agenda to bring back urban neighborhoods — a strategy to improve decaying schools, rebuild crumbling infrastructure and provide access to good-paying jobs. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "As Democrats descend on Detroit for presidential debate, black voters offer a warning: Don’t take us for granted," 28 July 2019 At the moment, neither party can agree on how to repair America's crumbling infrastructure or what to do about the hot button issue of climate change. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas author warns about Apollo 11 moon landing hoax theories, but says we can and will go back," 16 July 2019 Link quipped on Tuesday, taking a breather after last week’s Thunderdome-style action in Springfield, which also produced sea-change legislation on legal recreational marijuana and $45 billion in funding to rebuild crumbling infrastructure. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year," 4 June 2019 America's firefighters are already adapting to the challenges of climate change and crumbling infrastructure. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What To Do When Your Electric Car's on Fire," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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