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verb crash pronunciation in American English /kræʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecrashing
past tensecrashed
past participlecrashed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a plane crashes, or if someone crashes it, it falls from the sky
    A 727 crashed near Heidelberg.
    He crashed his plane on landing, causing $20,000 in damage.
    crash into: Amazingly, he survived when his plane crashed into the ocean.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a moving vehicle crashes, it hits something, causing damage
      The car skidded and I thought we were going to crash.
      crash into: Three people were killed when their car crashed into a tree.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if someone crashes a moving vehicle, they hit something with it, causing damage
      On his way to the party, Cliff crashed his car.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something hard, making a loud noise and often causing damage
    crash against/into/through/to: A ball came crashing through the window.
    The wind howled and the waves crashed against the rocks.
    crash to the floor/ground: As Kelly saw him, the tray she was carrying crashed to the floor.
    crash something against/into something: He lifted his foot and crashed it into the door.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to make a sudden loud noise, as if something is being hit
      Thunder crashed and boomed outside.
  3. 4
    [intransitive] informal to sleep somewhere for the night, usually when you did not plan to do this
    You can crash at my place if you want.



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