Definition of crowd in English:


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Pronunciation: /kraʊd


  • 1A large number of people gathered together 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.
    throng, horde, mob, rabble, large number, mass, multitude, host, army, herd, flock, drove, swarm, sea, stream, troupe, pack, press, crush, flood, collection, company, gathering, assembly, assemblage, array, congregation, convention, concourse
    informal gaggle
    British informal shower
    archaic rout
  • 1.1An audience, especially one at a sporting event: they played before a 25,000 crowd [as modifier]: a match marred by crowd trouble
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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.
  • 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.
    set, group, band, circle, company, fraternity, clique, coterie; camp, league, faction
    informal lot, gang, bunch, pack, crew, posse, tribe
  • 1.3 (the crowd) The mass or multitude of ordinary people: make yourself stand out from the crowd free-thinkers who don’t follow the crowd he’d become just another face in 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.
    majority, multitude, common people, populace, general public, mob, masses, riff-raff, proletariat, rank and file, the commonality, the hoi polloi, the canaille, the great unwashed
    informal the proles, the plebs
  • 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.


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  • 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 [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.
  • 3 (crowd someone/thing out) Exclude someone or something by taking their place: rampant plants will crowd out the less vigorous
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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.


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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