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noun crew pronunciation in American English /kru/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc.
    The jet crashed killing all the passengers and crew.
  2. 2
    [singular] informal, showing disapproval a group of people
    They spoke to the leader and his crew.
    a motley crew (=a strange mixture of people of different types): Movies like these attract a motley crew of enthusiasts.
  3. 3
    [countable] a group of people with a particular skill who work together
    a movie crew
    an ambulance crew
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  4. 4
    [countable] a team of people who row a boat in a race
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    1. a.
      [uncountable] American the sport of rowing a boat in races
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the buying and selling of human organs

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