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verb [intransitive] crusade pronunciation in British English /kruːˈseɪd/
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present tense
present participlecrusading
past tensecrusaded
past participlecrusaded
  1. to work hard for a long time to achieve something that you strongly believe is morally right
    crusade for:

    a lawyer crusading for social justice

    crusade against:

    They’re crusading against child abuse.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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