crouch - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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present tense
present participlecrouching
past tensecrouched
past participlecrouched
  1. 1
    to move your body close to the ground by bending your knees and leaning forwards slightly

    She crouched down and reached out to the little boy.

  2. 2
    to lean forwards with your head and shoulders bent, especially in order to get closer to something

    Five or six men were crouched over papers on the desk.