- the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
- the common sailors of a ship's company.
- a particular gang of a ship's company.
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OTHER WORDS FROM crewcrewless, adjective
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What is a basic definition of crew?
A crew is a group of people who work together. Crew can also be used more generally to mean any crowd of people or as a verb to mean to serve as a member of a crew. Crew has a few other senses as a noun and a verb.
The word crew is mostly interchangeable with words like team, squad, or gang. However, crew is the specific term used to mean a cooperative group of people that operates a boat, an airplane, or a spacecraft. In any case, a crew usually has a person who is the leader or the captain. The word crewmember or crewman refers to a single individual within the crew.
- Real-life examples: Boats are operated by a crew of sailors, airplanes are operated by pilots and the rest of the flight crew, and spacecraft are operated by a crew of astronauts. A building might be destroyed by a wrecking crew. A dance crew performs in front of people. Race cars are fixed by pit crews.
- Used in a sentence: The boat was attacked by Captain Kidd and his crew of pirates.
In this same sense, crew is used as a verb to mean to be a member of a crew.
- Used in a sentence: I have crewed over a dozen boats since I became a sailor.
Crew can also be generally used to mean any group or crowd of people.
- Used in a sentence: I bought drinks for Jayden and his crew of friends.
Where does crew come from?
The first records of crew come from around 1425. It ultimately comes from the Latin crēscere, meaning “to grow” or “to arise.”
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What are some other forms related to crew?
- crewless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for crew?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing crew?
How is crew used in real life?
Crew is a common word that refers to a team or crowd of people.
Cherish this time with your loved ones. On July 27, 1969, our Apollo 11 crew, still in quarantine van, were greeted by wives, through a window, upon arrival at Ellington AFB. #BuzzAldrinforStayingSafe #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/4HAxowYKti
— Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) April 26, 2020
For sure – although I'd be interested to see if there are any differences in the between-flight time for crewed vs. uncrewed missions
— Matthew Petersen 🇺🇲 (@meptrsn) January 20, 2021
I was just living my best life and bringing my crew along then the internet started being super nice to me. Thanks but what have I done?
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) July 31, 2019
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The word crew is most often used to refer to the teams that operate boats, airplanes, and spacecraft.
How to use crew in a sentence
Although I’m a little self-conscious, I’m proud of my work on it— shot on a hot summer day with a safe and socially distant crew in my garage.Fortune launches a new community for leaders who want to change business for good|Ellen McGirt|September 15, 2020|Fortune
There’s still a lot to learn about how every team is going to perform this season, but the entire Hot Takedown crew is united in hoping that Washington permanently adopts the clunky, quaint “Football Team” nickname.
Military chopper pilots and crews have rescued another 78 people who had been trapped on the mountain amid the flames.
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The brokers then scout out potential “crew members” who can earn substantial discounts for working the journey.
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J Crew did not give back the money it incidentally made off of Mrs. Obama.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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I asked whether he or the crew had seen any prodigious birds in the air about the time he first discovered me?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
It was well that Monsieur de Biancourt was wiser than many of his crew, whose sole cry was to kill them all.
Three days after we left the port, a discovery was made of another addition to the number of the crew.
On the following day they were again seen, and fired upon by the boat's crew of the Dick.
Peroo, well known to the crew, had possessed himself of the wheel, and was taking the launch craftily up-stream.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling