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crew1

[kroo] /kru/
noun
1.
a group of persons involved in a particular kind of work or working together:
the crew of a train; a wrecking crew.
2.
Nautical.
  1. the people who sail or operate a ship or boat.
  2. the common sailors of a ship's company.
  3. a particular gang of a ship's company.
3.
the people who fly or operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
4.
the team that rows a racing shell:
varsity crew.
5.
the sport of racing with racing shells:
He went out for crew in his freshman year.
6.
a company; crowd:
He and his crew of friends filled the room.
7.
any force or band of armed men.
verb (used with object)
8.
to serve as a member of a crew on (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
9.
to obtain or employ a crew for (a ship, aircraft, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10.
to serve as a member of a crew.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Related forms
crewless, adjective
Usage note

crew2

[kroo] /kru/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of crow2 .
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Examples for crews
  • He recruited crews and shot away fortunes with the big guns-recklessly shouted the critics.
  • In that three decade interval, the plane and its crews did their brave deeds of service to the nation and built a legend.
  • Its huge harbor was choked with hundreds of rotting ships that couldn't sail home because their crews had fled to the goldfields.
  • Helicopters buzzed from one to another, ferrying crews.
  • There are only a few paved roads, but asphalt crews are laying down new ones every day.
  • Construction cranes rake across work sites manned by crews on double and triple shifts.
  • There is some controversy over the way crews from poor countries are treated on the ships.
  • Ever since the first condors were released, crews have tracked them from afar.
  • Last week, the demolition crews went after the upper decks.
  • And you may be the one who catches a disease that's making world headlines and brings television crews to your bedside.
British Dictionary definitions for crews

crew1

/kruː/
noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
1.
the men who man a ship, boat, aircraft, etc
2.
(nautical) a group of people assigned to a particular job or type of work
3.
(informal) a gang, company, or crowd
verb
4.
to serve on (a ship) as a member of the crew
Word Origin
C15 crue (military) reinforcement, from Old French creue augmentation, from Old French creistre to increase, from Latin crescere

crew2

/kruː/
verb
1.
a past tense of crow2
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Word Origin and History for crews
crew
c.1437, from O.Fr. creue "an increase, recruit, military reinforcement," from fem. pp. of creistre "grow," from L. crescare "arise, grow." Meaning "people acting or working together" is first attested 1570. "Gang of men on a warship" is from 1692. Crew-cut first attested 1938, so called because the style was originally adopted by boat crews at Harvard and Yale.
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