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English definition of “crawl”

crawl

verb [I] (MOVE)    /krɔːl/ US  /krɑːl/
B2 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
(Definition of crawl verb (MOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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