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crowd 1  (kroud)
1. A large number of persons gathered together; a throng.
2. The common people; the populace.
3. A group of people united by a common characteristic, as age, interest, or vocation: the over-30 crowd.
4. A group of people attending a public function; an audience: The play drew a small but appreciative crowd.
5. A large number of things positioned or considered together.
v. crowd·ed, crowd·ing, crowds
1. To congregate in a restricted area; throng: The children crowded around the TV.
2. To advance by pressing or shoving: A bevy of reporters crowded toward the candidate.
1. To force by or as if by pressing or shoving: Police crowded the spectators back to the viewing stand. Urban sprawl crowded the farmers out of the valley.
2. To draw or stand near to: The batter crowded the plate.
3. To press, cram, or force tightly together: crowded the clothes into the closet.
4. To fill or occupy to overflowing: Books crowded the shelves.
5. Informal To put pressure on, as to pay a debt.
crowd (on) sail Nautical
To spread a large amount of sail to increase speed.

[From Middle English crowden, to crowd, press, from Old English crdan, to hasten, press.]

crowder n.
Synonyms: crowd1, crush, flock1, horde, mob, press1, throng
These nouns denote a large group of people gathered close to one another: a crowd of well-wishers; a crush of autograph seekers; a flock of schoolchildren; a horde of demonstrators; a mob of hard-rock enthusiasts; a press of shoppers; throngs of tourists.

crowd 2  (kroud, krd)
1. An ancient Celtic stringed instrument that was bowed or plucked. Also called crwth.
2. Chiefly British A fiddle.

[Middle English croud, from Middle Welsh crwth.]

crowd  /krad/  n. 1 a large group of people close together: the crowd at the football game||Some people push their way through the crowd. 2 a group of friends, similar people: That crowd takes illegal drugs! 3 to gather a crowd: to attract many people: That movie star gathers a crowd wherever she goes.
v. 1 [I;T] to form into a crowd: The people crowded into the theater. 2 [T] to pressure s.o.: She likes her freedom and her boyfriend crowded her so much that she left him.||Dont crowd me! Ill make up my mind when Im ready!

Thesaurus: crowd n. 1 a mob, pack, throng 2 a bunch, gang, clique. v. 1 to pack, jam, shove, squeeze. crowd

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