crew

1
[ kroo ]
/ kru /

noun

verb (used with object)

to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).

verb (used without object)

to serve as a member of a crew.

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Origin of crew

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1425–75; late Middle English crewe augmentation, hence reinforcements, body of soldiers <Middle French creue, literally, increase, noun use of feminine of Old French creu, past participle of creistre to grow <Latin crēscere;see crescent

grammar notes for crew

OTHER WORDS FROM crew

crewless, adjective

Definition for crew (2 of 2)

crew2
[ kroo ]
/ kru /

verb

a simple past tense of crow2.
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British Dictionary definitions for crew (1 of 2)

crew1
/ (kruː) /

noun (sometimes functioning as plural)

the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
nautical a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
informal a gang, company, or crowd

verb

to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew

Word Origin for crew

C15 crue (military) reinforcement, from Old French creue augmentation, from Old French creistre to increase, from Latin crescere

British Dictionary definitions for crew (2 of 2)

crew2
/ (kruː) /

verb

a past tense of crow 2
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