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

 

crane

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kreɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kreɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crane
BrE BrE//kreɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kreɪn//
 
he / she / it cranes
BrE BrE//kreɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kreɪnz//
 
past simple craned
BrE BrE//kreɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kreɪnd//
 
past participle craned
BrE BrE//kreɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kreɪnd//
 
-ing form craning
BrE BrE//ˈkreɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkreɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to lean or stretch over something in order to see something better; to stretch your neck (+ adv./prep.) People were craning out of the windows and waving. crane something She craned her neck to get a better view of the stage. Word Originverb Middle English: figuratively from crane the bird (the same sense development occurred in the related German Kran and Dutch kraan, and in French grue). The verb dates from the late 16th cent.
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