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

     

    crucify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crucify
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it crucifies
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple crucified
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle crucified
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form crucifying
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːsɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1crucify somebody to kill somebody as a punishment by fastening them to a wooden cross
  2. 2crucify somebody (informal) to criticize or punish somebody very severely The prime minister was crucified in the press for his handling of the affair.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French crucifier, from late Latin crucifigere, from Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’ + figere ‘fix’. Compare with crucifix.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crucify