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"crash" in British English

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crashverb

uk   us   /kræʃ/
  • crash verb (HAVE AN ACCIDENT)

B1 [I or T] If a ​vehicle crashes or someone crashes it, it is ​involved in an ​accident, usually a ​serious one in which the ​vehicle is ​damaged and someone is ​hurt: We ​skidded on the ​ice and crashed. The ​plane crashed into a ​mountainside. Her ​brotherborrowed her ​motorbike and crashed it.

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  • crash verb (MAKE A NOISE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​hit something, often making a ​loudnoise or ​causingdamage: We could ​hearwaves crashing on/against the ​shore. Suddenly, ​cymbals crashed and the ​orchestrabeganplaying. A ​dog came crashing through the ​bushes. Without ​warning, the ​tree crashed through the ​roof.
  • crash verb (SLEEP)

[I] informal to ​sleep at someone else's ​house for the ​night, ​especially when you have not ​planned it: They crashed on my ​floor after the ​party.
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crashnoun [C]

uk   us   /kræʃ/
  • crash noun [C] (ACCIDENT)

B1 an ​accidentinvolving a ​vehicle, usually a ​serious one in which the ​vehicle is ​damaged or someone is ​hurt: a ​car crash She had a crash on the way to ​work. They were only ​slightlyinjured in the crash.

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  • crash noun [C] (FAILURE)

C1 a ​suddenlargefall in the ​value of a country's ​businesses: They ​lost a lot of ​money in the Stock Market crash. a ​situation when a ​computer or ​systemsuddenlystopsoperating: a ​computer crash

crashadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /kræʃ/ UK informal
(Definition of crash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crashnoun [C]

 us   /kræʃ/
  • crash noun [C] (ACCIDENT)

a ​seriousaccident in which one or more ​cars, ​trucks, or other ​vehicleshit something, or in which an ​aircrafthits the ​ground or another ​aircraft: She was ​killed in an ​airplane crash in 1983.
  • crash noun [C] (NOISE)

a ​loudnoise that ​sounds as if it is caused by something ​violentlybreakingapart or ​hitting something ​else: There was a ​loud crash, and we ​rushed over to ​see what had ​fallen.
  • crash noun [C] (FAILURE)

a ​suddenloss of ​value of investments, or a ​failure of a ​business

crashverb

 us   /kræʃ/
  • crash verb (GO WHERE NOT INVITED)

[T] infml to go to a ​party or other ​event without an ​invitation: Some ​guystried to crash the ​party but they weren’t ​allowed in.
  • crash verb (SLEEP)

[I] slang to ​sleep, or to ​stay at a ​place to ​sleeptemporarily: 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 ​bigblackbear came crashing through the ​underbrush.
  • crash verb (FAIL)

[I] (of investments) to ​losevalue, or (of a ​business) to ​losemoney and be ​unable to ​continue to ​operate: When the ​market crashed, everyone ​lostmoney. [I] If a ​computer crashes, it ​suddenlystopsoperating.
  • crash verb (HIT VIOLENTLY)

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

crashadjective

 us   /kræʃ/ infml
  • crash adjective (QUICK)

involvinggreateffort to ​achieve a lot ​quickly: took a crash ​course in ​cooking A crash ​diet is a way of ​losingbodyweightquickly by ​eating very little.
(Definition of crash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"crash" in Business English

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crashnoun [C]

uk   us   /kræʃ/
ECONOMICS a sudden serious ​fall in the ​value of something, for ​example, of ​shares or of a particular ​area of ​business: A crash in China could also affect the ​globaleconomy if the country's ​demand for ​imports and ​rawmaterialsdropssharply. They had ​lost all their ​money in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The stockmarket crash has had a ​majorimpact, with many ​investors still nursing ​biglosses.crash in sth The crash in the ​propertymarket has ​led to many ​houses being ​repossessed by ​mortgagecompanies.
IT a sudden ​failure of a ​computer or ​system: Wednesday's ​statecomputer crash ​created far more problems than ​officials first ​realized.

crashverb

uk   us   /kræʃ/
[I] ECONOMICS, FINANCE to suddenly ​losevalue, in a way that is serious: crash from sth to sth Its ​shareprice has crashed from nearly £7 in November to just £0.50. Most ​expertsagree that the ​market crashed because of unbridled ​speculation, ​lowmargins, and a ​lack of ​governmentoversight.
[I or T] IT if a ​computer or ​system crashes, or if someone or something crashes it, it suddenly ​stopsworking: The ​server crashed twice and we had no ​idea why. The ​message will ​highlight the ​error that crashed the ​computer.
(Definition of crash from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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