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crack

verb

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1 to break suddenly with an explosive sound
  • the tree branch unexpectedly cracked under our weight

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2 to yield to mental or emotional stress
  • after hours of tough questioning the suspect finally cracked and blurted out a confession

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3 to change (as a secret message) from code into ordinary language
  • the United States military used the Navajo language as a code during World War II, and the enemy never cracked it

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4 to deliver a blow to (someone or something) usually in a strong vigorous manner
  • cracked the bow of the ship with a champagne bottle

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5 to find an answer for through reasoning
  • I've been mulling this riddle, but I just can't crack it

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6 to cause to go insane or as if insane
  • cracked by years in solitary confinement, the prisoner could only maunder incoherently

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crack

noun

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1 an irregular usually narrow break in a surface created by pressure
  • a pebble struck the car's windshield and left a spidery crack in it

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3 a loud explosive sound
  • the tree fell with a sharp crack

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4 an effort to do or accomplish something
  • this is my first crack at painting

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5 something said or done to cause laughter
  • a whispered crack made the whole back row start laughing

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6 a person of odd or whimsical habits
  • that conspiracy theorist has been labeled a crack by the ballistics experts

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crack

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of crack (Entry 3 of 3)

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The first known use of crack was before the 12th century

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“Crack.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/crack. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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