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

 

crouch

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verb
BrE BrE//kraʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kraʊtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crouch
BrE BrE//kraʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kraʊtʃ//
 
he / she / it crouches
BrE BrE//ˈkraʊtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraʊtʃɪz//
 
past simple crouched
BrE BrE//kraʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kraʊtʃt//
 
past participle crouched
BrE BrE//kraʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kraʊtʃt//
 
-ing form crouching
BrE BrE//ˈkraʊtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraʊtʃɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to put your body close to the ground by bending your legs under you synonym squat He crouched down beside her. Doyle crouched behind a hedge. Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from Old French crochir ‘be bent’, from croche ‘crozier, shepherd's crook’, based on Old Norse krókr ‘hook’.Extra examples She was crouching behind the sofa. The hare crouches low on the ground. They crouched over the dead animal. We crouched down to avoid being seen. Phrasal Verbscrouch over somebody
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