[ kreyt ]
/ kreɪt /
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a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc.
any completely enclosed boxlike packing or shipping case.
Informal. something rickety and dilapidated, especially an automobile: They're still driving around in the old crate they bought 20 years ago.
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.
verb (used with object), crat·ed, crat·ing.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM cratere·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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How to use crate in a sentence
I am for helping that poor child, Sard; she's a tigress in a crate here—I'm going to help uncrate her.Under the Law|Edwina Stanton Babcock
British Dictionary definitions for crate
/ (kreɪt) /
a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
slang an old car, aeroplane, etc
(tr) to pack or place in a crate
Derived forms of cratecrater, nouncrateful, noun
Word Origin for crate
C16: from Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle
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