Definition of crate in English:

crate

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Pronunciation: /kreɪt
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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

verb

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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.

Derivatives

crateful

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.

Origin

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

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