Definition of crowd in English:

crowd

Syllabification: crowd
Pronunciation: /kroud
 
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noun

1A large number of people gathered together, typically in a disorganized or unruly way: a huge crowd gathered in the street outside
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  • Soldiers were positioned at strategic points in the city and at election rallies where huge crowds gathered.
  • Huge crowds gathered to witness a host of snakes on St Patrick's Day, not all of them were non-venomous.
  • The news was immediately announced to huge crowds gathered in the famous square in Rome.
Synonyms
throng, horde, mass, multitude, host, army, battalion, herd, flock, drove, swarm, sea, troupe, pack, press, crush, mob, rabble; collection, company, gathering, assembly, audience, assemblage, congregation
informal gaggle, bunch, gang, posse
1.1An audience: a crowd of 500 filled the synagogue
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  • Yesterday drew the largest crowd of the three-day event, 55,000 people descending on the site for the final day.
  • Do you recall the feelings you experienced as a member of a crowd at a sporting event, a music concert, or a political rally?
  • A large crowd of spectators attended and thoroughly enjoyed horses and riders being put through their paces.
Synonyms
1.2 informal , often derogatory A group of people who are linked by a common interest or activity: I’ve broken away from that whole junkie crowd
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  • The programme that drew the glamour-struck crowd was the weakest link in the cultural show.
  • The museum consistently draws a crowd interested in connecting art and philosophy through lifelong learning.
  • An even more interesting thing is the crowd's reaction to the fight.
Synonyms
set, group, circle, clique, coterie; camp
informal gang, crew, lot
1.3 (the crowd) The mass or multitude of people, especially those considered to be drearily ordinary or anonymous: make yourself stand out from the crowd
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  • The only problem is, you are hardly going to stand out from the crowd given the popularity of this car.
  • He may sometimes stray towards the territory of boy bands, but he does have the extra class to stand out from the crowd.
  • As the labels are spending less on promoting new independent music it is ever more important to stand out from the crowd in order to claim a slice of their financial pie.
Synonyms
majority, multitude, common people, populace, general public, masses, rank and file
derogatory hoi polloi, herd
informal Joe Public, John Q. Public
1.4A large number of things regarded collectively: the crowd of tall buildings
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  • The band doesn't really turn in a single bad song here, though a few stand especially tall above the crowd.

verb

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1(Of a number of people) fill (a space) almost completely, leaving little or no room for movement: the dance floor was crowded with revelers
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  • This was a very close and exciting game with a large number of supporters crowding the field to cheer on their teams.
  • York has also the tourist network to deal with the massive influx in numbers crowding the city's hotels.
  • In the center of the small bedroom is a double bed draped with handmade quilts, and the small group of women crowds the narrow spaces surrounding it.
Synonyms
packed, full, mobbed, filled to capacity, full to bursting, congested, overcrowded, overflowing, teeming, swarming, thronged, populous, overpopulated; busy, well attended
informal jam-packed, stuffed, chockablock, chock-full, bursting at the seams, wall-to-wall, standing room only, SRO
(crowded with)full of
informal crawling with, lousy with
1.1 [no object] (crowd into) (Of a number of people) move into (a space, especially one that seems too small): they crowded into the cockpit
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  • Scores of people, including some from the dress circle, left their seats and crowded into the space at the front of the stage where they danced the night away.
  • Not wanting to be completely outdone, the men hurried uneasily after her and crowded into the cramped space of the dank cave.
  • We crowded into the theatre space and took a place on the concrete floor, crouching in the darkness in anticipation.
Synonyms
surge, push one's way, jostle, elbow one's way; squeeze, pile, cram
1.2 [no object] (crowd around) (Of a group of people) form a tightly packed mass around (someone or something): photographers crowded around him
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  • The idol was, and is, annually dragged forth in procession on a monstrous car, and as masses of excited pilgrims crowded round to drag or accompany it, accidents occurred.
  • During the interval, the audience trickles out of the capsule into the vast darkness of the encompassing Exchange hall, crowding round the various bars for drinks.
  • ‘We had a really good turnout, with lots of people crowding round the cars and getting some ideas,’ she said.
Synonyms
cluster, flock, swarm, mill, throng, huddle, gather, assemble, congregate, converge
2Move too close to (someone): don’t crowd her, she needs air
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  • Because he's a cat everyone intrinsically likes him, but he doesn't really like people crowding him.
  • She had chosen not to live in California so she could be her own person and avoid crowding him.
  • It stands to reason that when you're waiting to use a cash machine, try not to crowd the person who's already using it.
2.1 Baseball (Of a batter) stand very close to (the plate) when batting.
2.2 [no object] (crowd in on) Overwhelm and preoccupy (someone): as demands crowd in on you it becomes difficult to keep things in perspective
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  • The demands of his latest job have crowded in on his social life to the extent he has still to find time for a fishing trip to Inverness.
  • There's no way that the players or management staff, or those who still man the offices and shop, are immune to the confusion crowding in on their place of work.
  • The artist making the colourful beads and ornaments from polymer clay has people crowding in on her so much that it looks as if the table might tip.
Synonyms
3 (crowd someone/something out) Exclude someone or something by taking their place: grass invading the canyon has crowded out native plants
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  • However, this vision will not be achieved if public health targets are crowded out by hospital waiting lists.
  • Countries like Sudan are crowded out of the sugar market in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
  • However this game can be tricky at the best of times and lo an behold the favourite was crowded out at this stage being put back to near last.

Origin

Old English crūdan 'press, hasten', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruien 'push in a wheelbarrow'. In Middle English the senses 'move by pushing' and 'push one's way' arose, leading to the sense 'congregate', and hence (mid 16th century) to the noun.

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