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



    BrE BrE//kræʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crash
    BrE BrE//kræʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræʃ//
    he / she / it crashes
    BrE BrE//ˈkræʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræʃɪz//
    past simple crashed
    BrE BrE//kræʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræʃt//
    past participle crashed
    BrE BrE//kræʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræʃt//
    -ing form crashing
    BrE BrE//ˈkræʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræʃɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] if a vehicle crashes or the driver crashes it, it hits an object or another vehicle, causing damage I was terrified that the plane would crash. We're going to crash, aren't we? crash into something A truck went out of control and crashed into the back of a bus. crash something (into something) He crashed his car into a wall. Synonymscrashslam collide smash wreckThese are all words that can be used when something, especially a vehicle, hits something else very hard and is damaged or destroyed.crash (rather informal) to hit an object or another vehicle, causing damage; to make a vehicle do this:I was terrified that the plane would crash.slam (something) into/​against somebody/​something to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this:The car skidded and slammed into a tree.collide (rather formal) (of two vehicles or people) to crash into each other; (of a vehicle or person) to crash into somebody/​something else:The car and the van collided head-on in thick fog.smash (rather informal) to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this; to crash a car:Ramraiders smashed a stolen car through the shop window.crash, slam or smash?Crash is used especially to talk about vehicles and can be used without a preposition:We’re going to crash, aren’t we? In this meaning slam and smash always take a preposition:We’re going to slam/​smash, aren’t we? They are used for a much wider range of things than just vehicles. Crash can also be used for other things, if used with a preposition:He crashed down the telephone receiver.wreck to crash a vehicle and damage it so badly that it is not worth repairingPatterns two vehicles crash/​collide two vehicles crash/​slam/​smash into each other to crash/​smash/​wreck a car
  2. hit hard/loud noise
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to hit something hard while moving, causing noise and/or damage; to make something hit somebody/something in this way + adv./prep. A brick crashed through the window. With a sweep of his hand he sent the glasses crashing to the floor. + adj. The door crashed open. crash something + adj. She stormed out of the room and crashed the door shut behind her.
  4. 3  [intransitive] to make a loud noise Thunder crashed overhead.
  5. in finance/business
  6. 4  [intransitive] (of prices, a business, shares, etc.) to lose value or fail suddenly and quickly Share prices crashed to an all-time low yesterday. The company crashed with debts of £50 million. See related entries: Economy
  7. computing
  8. 5   [intransitive, transitive] crash (something) if a computer crashes or you crash a computer, it stops working suddenly Files can be lost if the system suddenly crashes. See related entries: Computer software, Computer problems, Using a computer, Computer programming
  9. party
  10. 6[transitive] crash something (informal) = gatecrash
  11. in sport
  12. 7[intransitive] (+ adv./prep) (especially British English) to lose very badly in a sports game The team crashed to their worst defeat this season.
  13. sleep
  14. 8[intransitive] crash (out) (informal) to fall asleep; to sleep somewhere you do not usually sleep I was so tired I crashed out on the sofa. I've come to crash on your floor for a couple of nights.
  15. medical
  16. 9[intransitive] if somebody crashes, their heart stops beating
  17. Word Originlate Middle English: imitative, perhaps partly suggested by craze and dash.Extra examples Can I crash at your place tonight? He crashed the car into a tree. Look out! We’re going to crash! The company crashed with debts of £80 million. The waves crashed deafeningly. They crashed on my floor for a couple of nights. They dance to the loud music of pounding drums and crashing cymbals. We were badly affected when the stock market crashed in October 1987.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English) a very boring person Phrasal Verbscrash out (of something)
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