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Definition of crank verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

crank

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kræŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræŋk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crank
BrE BrE//kræŋk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræŋk//
 
he / she / it cranks
BrE BrE//kræŋks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræŋks//
 
past simple cranked
BrE BrE//kræŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræŋkt//
 
past participle cranked
BrE BrE//kræŋkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kræŋkt//
 
-ing form cranking
BrE BrE//ˈkræŋkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræŋkɪŋ//
 
How machines work
 
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crank something (up) to make something turn or move by using a crank to crank an engine (figurative) He has a limited time to crank the reforms into action. See related entries: How machines work Word Originverb Old English cranc (recorded in crancstæf, denoting a weaver's implement), related to crincan ‘bend, yield, fall in battle’, of Germanic origin . Phrasal Verbscrank somethingoutcrank somethingup
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