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1 a great number of persons or creatures massed together
  • a huge crowd of fans was on hand to greet the returning World Series champions

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2 a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together socially
  • the fashionable crowd at the polo tournament

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3 the body of the community as contrasted with the elite
  • no national leader was ever more hated by the crowd

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Synonyms & Antonyms of crowd (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to fit (people or things) into a tight space
  • crowded all the boats into the harbor before the storm struck

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2 to move upon or fill (something) in great numbers
  • cars crowded the roads over the long holiday weekend

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3 to gather into a closely packed group
  • everyone crowded around to see the baby being shown off by his proud parents

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How does the noun crowd differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of crowd are crush, horde, mob, and throng. While all these words mean "an assembled multitude," crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together.

a crowd gathered

Where would crush be a reasonable alternative to crowd?

The words crush and crowd are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort.

a crush of fans

When might mob be a better fit than crowd?

While in some cases nearly identical to crowd, mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence.

an angry mob

How do throng and horde relate to one another, in the sense of crowd?

Both throng and horde suggest movement and pushing.

a throng of reporters

a horde of shoppers

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

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“Crowd.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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