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Definition of crunch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crunch
    he / she / it crunches
    past simple crunched
    -ing form crunching
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] crunch (on) something to crush something noisily between your teeth when you are eating She crunched her apple noisily.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] crunch (something) to make or cause something to make a noise like something hard being crushed The snow crunched under our feet.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move over a surface, making a loud crushing noise I crunched across the gravel to the front door.
  4. 4[transitive] crunch something (computing) to deal with large amounts of data very quickly We are waiting for the results officials who are still crunching numbers. see also number crunching
  5. Phrasal Verbscrunch somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crunch