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

     

    crowd

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kraʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kraʊd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crowd
    BrE BrE//kraʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kraʊd//
     
    he / she / it crowds
    BrE BrE//kraʊdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kraʊdz//
     
    past simple crowded
    BrE BrE//ˈkraʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraʊdɪd//
     
    past participle crowded
    BrE BrE//ˈkraʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraʊdɪd//
     
    -ing form crowding
    BrE BrE//ˈkraʊdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraʊdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1crowd something to fill a place so there is little room to move Thousands of people crowded the narrow streets.
  2. 2crowd something to fill your mind so that you can think of nothing else Memories crowded his mind.
  3. 3crowd somebody (informal) to stand very close to somebody so that they feel uncomfortable or nervous
  4. Word 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 cent.) to the noun.Extra examples Hundreds of fans crowded round the footballers. Photographers crowded around to try to get a shot of the royal baby. Thousands of shoppers had crowded into the town centre. A large number of us crowded onto the bus. Phrasal Verbscrowd in (on somebody)crowd into somethingcrowd somebody into somethingcrowd somebody outcrowd round
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