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English definition of “crawl”

crawl

verb uk   /krɔːl/ us    /krɑːl/

crawl verb (MOVE)

B2 [I] to move slowly or with difficulty, especially with your body stretched out along the ground or on hands and knees: The child crawled across the floor. The injured soldier crawled to safety. Megan has just learned to crawl. The lorry crawled noisily up the hill.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomachSlow and moving slowly

crawl verb (TRY TO PLEASE)

[I] informal disapproving to try hard to please in order to get an advantage: I don't like people who crawl.UK He crawled to the group leader because he wanted a promotion.Praising insincerely or too eagerly

crawl verb (FILL)

be crawling with sth C2 informal to be completely covered with or full of a particular type of thing: The kitchen floor was crawling with ants.Full

crawl

noun uk   /krɔːl/ us    /krɑːl/

crawl noun (SWIMMING)

C1 [S or U] a style of swimming in which you move your arms over your head and kick with straight legsSwimming

crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

C1 [S] a very slow speed: Traffic moved forward at a crawl.Slow and moving slowly
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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