- 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.
Origin of crank1
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankless, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective
Other definitions for crank (2 of 3)
Other definitions for crank (3 of 3)
Origin of crank3
OTHER WORDS FROM crankcrankly, adverbcrankness, noun
How to use crank in a sentence
Instead of surrendering to your busy schedule, grant yourself ten minutes to crank through this three-move bodyweight circuit from Rafique “Flex” Cabral, an ex-Marine, certified personal trainer, and co-founder of New York City–based Trooper Fitness.Time-Crunched? Try This Effective 10-Minute Workout|Hayden Carpenter|September 29, 2020|Outside Online
In response to interferons, cells crank up protection measures that aim to curb viral replication.Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases|Erin Garcia de Jesus|September 25, 2020|Science News
In short, the new architecture should make Nvidia’s cards monsters when it comes to cranking out HD graphics at high-frame rates.Nvidia’s monstrous new graphics cards crank up the power while dropping their prices|Stan Horaczek|September 9, 2020|Popular-Science
It’s also that they’ll particularly boost the amount that’s needed during peak times, when temperatures are really roasting and everyone’s cranking up their AC at the same time.Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change|James Temple|September 1, 2020|MIT Technology Review
That’s one explanation for subdued inflation since 2008, even as central banks cranked up the printing presses.After $20 trillion in pandemic relief spending, there’s still no sign of inflation. What happened?|Bernhard Warner|August 25, 2020|Fortune
Clint (Eastwood) sets the bar high: he's still cranking out movies and interested.
A slew of others, including most notably Motorola, Research in Motion (RIM), and Samsung, are cranking out their own versions.
And sometimes that means cranking it up to ultra-high decibels.
But the site seems to be cranking out its own articles and now the aggregation is complementary.
A DJ was cranking old disco tunes, everything from the Bee Gees to Chaka Khan.
Outside of a little cranking these once difficult experiences had now become practically painless.The Boy Grew Older|Heywood Broun
This is useful in starting, as the desired rich mixture is quickly obtained without an undue amount of cranking.The Gasoline Motor|Harold Whiting Slauson
It did, however, and peace was restored before Zebedee finished attending to the trunks and cranking up Henry.Vacation with the Tucker Twins|Nell Speed
When Ruth hastened to the court the brancardiers had shuffled in with the last of Charlies load and he was cranking up his car.Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross|Alice B. Emerson
It took three hours of almost constant cranking of the unruly iron monster before the automobile could be made to start again.The Automobilist Abroad|M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
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