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

 

crusade

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verb
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crusade
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪd//
 
he / she / it crusades
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪdz//
 
past simple crusaded
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪdɪd//
 
past participle crusaded
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪdɪd//
 
-ing form crusading
BrE BrE//kruːˈseɪdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kruːˈseɪdɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to make a long and determined effort to achieve something that you believe to be right or to stop something you believe to be wrong synonym campaign Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally as croisade): from French croisade, an alteration (influenced by Spanish cruzado) of earlier croisée, literally ‘the state of being marked with the cross’, based on Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’; in the 17th cent. the form crusado, from Spanish cruzado, was introduced. The blending of these two forms led to the current spelling, first recorded in the early 18th cent.
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