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crew1 / kroō/ • n. [treated as sing. or pl.] a group of people who work on and operate a ship, boat, aircraft, spacecraft, or train. ∎  such a group other than the officers. ∎  the group that rows a racing shell. ∎  the sport of rowing a racing shell. ∎  a group of people who work closely together, in a job that is technically difficult or dangerous: an ambulance crew. ∎ inf., often derog. a group of people associated in some way: a crew of computer geeks. ∎  inf. a group of rappers, breakdancers, or graffiti artists performing or operating together. ∎ inf. a criminal gang. • v. [tr.] (often be crewed) provide (a craft or vehicle) with a group of people to operate it. ∎  [intr.] act as a member of a crew, subordinate to a captain: I've never crewed for a world-famous yachtsman before. DERIVATIVES: crew·man / ˈkroōmən/ n. (pl. -men) . crew2 chiefly Brit. past of crow2 .

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Crew

a company, squad, gang, or complement, 1694; a body of soldiers, 1455.

Examples: crew of airmen; atoms, 1674; of banditti, 1768; of critics; of foxes, 1607; of gipsies, 1832; courtly crew of gentle-women, 1579; crew of jobbers and promoters, 1884; of painters, 1581; of pirates, 1608; of sailors, 1694; of soldiers, 1455.

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crew †military reinforcement XV; (armed) company XVI; ship's company XVII. Late ME. crue — OF. creue increase, reinforcement, sb. use of fem. pp. of croistre (mod. croître) :- L. crēscere grow, INCREASE.

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