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Definition of crank verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    crank something (up)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crank
    he / she / it cranks
    past simple cranked
    -ing form cranking
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  1. 1to make something turn or move by using a crank to crank an engine
  2. 2(figurative) He has a limited time to crank the reforms into action.
  3. Phrasal Verbscrank somethingoutcrank somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crank