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

 

crew

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruː//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crew
BrE BrE//kruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruː//
 
he / she / it crews
BrE BrE//kruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːz//
 
past simple crewed
BrE BrE//kruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːd//
 
past participle crewed
BrE BrE//kruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːd//
 
-ing form crewing
BrE BrE//ˈkruːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] to be part of a crew, especially on a ship crew (something) Normally the boat is crewed by five people. crew (for somebody) I crewed for him on his yacht last summer. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French creue ‘augmentation, increase’, feminine past participle of croistre ‘grow’, from Latin crescere. The original sense was ‘band of soldiers serving as reinforcements’; hence it came to denote any organized armed band or, generally, a company of people (late 16th cent.).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crew