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English definition of “crate”


noun [C] uk   /kreɪt/ us  
a box made of wood, plastic, or metal, especially one divided into parts to hold bottles: a milk crate a crate of empty bottles a packing crateGeneral and miscellaneous containers


verb [T] uk   /kreɪt/ us  
to put something into a crate, especially in order to move itWrapping, packing and loading
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