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Definition of crest verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    crest

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//krɛst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crest
     
    he / she / it crests
     
    past simple crested
     
    -ing form cresting
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] crest something (formal) to reach the top of a hill, mountain, or wave He slowed the pace as they crested the ridge. The ship crested a wave and then fell twenty feet or more.
  2. 2 [intransitive] (of a flood, wave, etc.) to reach its highest level before it falls again (figurative) The level of debt crested at a massive $920 billion in 2009.
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