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crash

noun [C]  /kræʃ/ us  

crash noun [C] (ACCIDENT)

a serious accident in which one or more cars, trucks, or other vehicles hit something, or in which an aircraft hits the ground or another aircraft: She was killed in an airplane crash in 1983.

crash noun [C] (NOISE)

a loud noise that sounds as if it is caused by something violently breaking apart or hitting something else: There was a loud crash, and we rushed over to see what had fallen.

crash noun [C] (FAILURE)

a sudden loss of value of investments, or a failure of a business

crash

verb  /kræʃ/ us  

crash verb (GO WHERE NOT INVITED)

[T] infml to go to a party or other event without an invitation: Some guys tried to crash the party but they weren’t allowed in.

crash verb (SLEEP)

[I] slang to sleep, or to stay at a place to sleep temporarily: I was so tired after work, I crashed on the sofa.

crash verb (NOISE)

[always + adv/prep] to fall or hit something in a noisy or violent way: [I] All the dishes the waitress was carrying crashed to the floor. [always + adv/prep] To crash is also to move in a noisy or violent way: [I] A big black bear came crashing through the underbrush.

crash verb (FAIL)

[I] (of investments) to lose value, or (of a business) to lose money and be unable to continue to operate: When the market crashed, everyone lost money. [I] If a computer crashes, it suddenly stops operating.

crash verb (HIT VIOLENTLY)

[I/T] (of a vehicle on the ground) to hit another vehicle or a large object violently, or (of an aircraft) to fall and violently hit the ground, a building, etc., or hit another aircraft while flying: [I] The plane crashed into the mountainside, killing all aboard.

crash

adjective  /kræʃ/ infml us  

crash adjective (QUICK)

involving great effort to achieve a lot quickly: took a crash course in cooking A crash diet is a way of losing body weight quickly by eating very little.
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