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), crated, crating.
to pack in a crate.

1350–1400; 1915–20 for def 3; Middle English, obscurely akin to Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle

recrate, verb (used with object), recrated, recrating.
uncrate, verb (used with object), uncrated, uncrating.
uncrated, adjective Unabridged
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crate (kreɪt)
1.  a fairly large container, usually made of wooden slats or wickerwork, used for packing, storing, or transporting goods
2.  slang an old car, aeroplane, etc
3.  (tr) to pack or place in a crate
[C16: from Latin crātis wickerwork, hurdle]

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Word Origin & History

1688, from L. cratis "wickerwork, lattice," or from Du. krat "basket."
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Example sentences
Grey parrots crammed into a travel crate and smuggled to emerging markets.
It all came packed inside a single crate, complete with an engine and an
  inflation compressor.
The rhino is sedated in its crate, and all the vehicles move away.
There was also the much more compelling hide-and-hiss factor of two felines
  really not interested in having an outing in a crate.
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