Definition of crate in English:


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Pronunciation: /kreɪt


  • 1A slatted wooden case used for transporting goods: a crate of bananas
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    • We also use colorful signs, a banner with a rooster on it, old wooden chicken crates and egg baskets - anything we can think of to draw people in.
    • Upstairs Cole found piles of boxes and wooden crates.
    • His cart was stacked three deep with myriad wooden crates and boxes.
    case, packing case, chest, coffer, trunk, box, casket, strongbox, basket, hamper, pack, bin, drum, container, receptacle
    technical lug
  • 1.1A square rigid container divided into small units, used for transporting or storing bottles: a milk crate
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    • Nowadays it is common for the World of Wines to sell crates containing 12 bottles of wine.
    • A number of milk bottle crates fell on top of him, covering him in broken glass.
    • The porch was full of crates of beer bottles and bags of rubbish.
  • 2 informal An old and dilapidated vehicle: you wouldn’t believe the age of some of the crates I’ve driven


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  • Pack (something) in a crate for transportation: fruit and vegetables were being sorted and crated
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    • They crated the contents of the Amber Room, the chairs, tables and ornaments carved from the precious resin, but the walls proved too intricate to dismantle quickly.
    • He usually kept the eggs and chickens that he obtained on the route, candled and crated them, and sold them to a man who came to his home to buy them.
    • But shortly after, they crated weapons far greater than they could control and the great war that caused our evolutions began.



noun (plural cratefuls)
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  • The Manchester firm decided to commemorate her visit to the city and made a crateful for the first night of her Re-invention tour.
  • It was to these depths that Nazi gold was said to have been sent by the crateful in the final mad days before total capitulation.
  • ‘We were delighted to donate 17 cratefuls of non-perishable items to Second Harvest,’ said the community relations manager.


late Middle English: perhaps related to Dutch krat 'tailboard of a wagon', earlier 'box of a coach', of unknown origin.

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