verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to get started or ready: The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances.
- to stimulate, activate, or produce: to crank up enthusiasm for a new product.
- to increase one's efforts, output, etc.: Industry began to crank up after the new tax incentives became law.
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Origin of crank1
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankless, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective
Definition for crank (2 of 3)
Definition for crank (3 of 3)
Origin of crank3
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankly, adverbcrankness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for crank
For artists, that moral sensibility, superstitious or no, ought to be cranked to 11.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies|James Poulos|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It took me a long time to really get it cranked up, but now I am.David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’|Marlow Stern|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are times in Paris, as in other cities, when earphones are cranked up so loud they fill the car with unwanted melodies.Paris’s New Metro Etiquette Manual is a Rosetta Stone for Travelers|Christopher Dickey|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The calculus of horror has been cranked up following the state-led massacres of several hundred Islamists over the summer.
Since its debut in 2002, the profitable franchise has cranked out 25 seasons.‘The Bachelorette’ Premiere: ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise by the Numbers|Anna Klassen|May 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Billie had cranked up and was already sitting in the chauffeurs seat.The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine|Katherine Stokes
With that, Matt cranked up the machine, got in, and they started.Motor Matt's Race|Stanley R. Matthews
The darker shadow of the ground was directly beneath his cranked down wheels now.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front|R. Sidney Bowen
Bi cranked till he was red in the face, without the reward of even one feeble puff from the exhaust.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
Tom had cranked up, and off they sped, with a merry shout and with those left behind waving their hands.The Rover Boys in the Air|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for crank (1 of 2)
- an eccentric or odd person, esp someone who stubbornly maintains unusual views
- US and Canadian a bad-tempered person