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crate

[kreyt]
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noun
  1. a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
  2. any completely enclosed boxlike packing or shipping case.
  3. Informal. something rickety and dilapidated, especially an automobile: They're still driving around in the old crate they bought 20 years ago.
  4. a quantity, especially of fruit, that is often packed in a crate approximately 2 × 1 × 1 foot (0.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 meters): a crate of oranges.
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verb (used with object), crat·ed, crat·ing.
  1. to pack in a crate.
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Origin of crate

1350–1400; 1915–20 for def 3; Middle English, obscurely akin to Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle
Related formsre·crate, verb (used with object), re·crat·ed, re·crat·ing.un·crate, verb (used with object), un·crat·ed, un·crat·ing.un·crat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uncrate

crate

noun
  1. a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
  2. slang an old car, aeroplane, etc
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verb
  1. (tr) to pack or place in a crate
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Derived Formscrater, nouncrateful, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle
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Word Origin and History for uncrate

crate

n.

"large box," 1680s, earlier "hurdle, grillwork" (late 14c.), from Latin cratis "wickerwork, lattice, kitchen-rack," or from Dutch krat "basket;" both perhaps from a common PIE root *kert- "to turn, entwine" (see hurdle (n.)).

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crate

v.

"to put in a crate," 1871, from crate (n.). Related: Crated; crating.

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