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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English crūdan.

Verb

Infinitive
to crowd

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to crowd (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To push, to press, to shove.
  2. To press or drive together; to mass together.
  3. To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity.
  4. To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  5. (nautical) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way

(Intransitive)

  1. To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng
  2. To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room
  3. (nautical) (of a square-rigged ship) To carry excessive sail
Derived terms

Noun

Singular
crowd

Plural
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crowd ({{{1}}})
  1. A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other.
    There was a crowd of toys pushed beneath the couch where the children were playing.
  2. A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
    After the movie let out, a crowd of people pushed through the exit doors.
  3. The so-called lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob.
    To fool the crowd with glorious lies. --Tennyson.
    He went not with the crowd to see a shrine. -- Dryden.
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Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Welsh crwth.

Noun

Singular
crowd

Plural
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crowd ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) A crwth.
  2. (now dialectal) A fiddle.
    • 1819: wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds, and rotes. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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