crawl Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"crawl" in British English

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crawlverb

uk   /krɔːl/  us   /krɑːl/

crawl verb (MOVE)

B2 [I] to ​moveslowly or with ​difficulty, ​especially with ​yourbodystretched out along the ​ground or on ​hands and ​knees: The ​child crawled across the ​floor. The ​injuredsoldier crawled to ​safety. Megan has just ​learned to crawl. The ​lorry crawled ​noisily up the ​hill.
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crawl verb (TRY TO PLEASE)

[I] UK informal disapproving to ​try hard to ​please in ​order to get an ​advantage: I don't like ​people who crawl. He crawled to the ​groupleader because he ​wanted a ​promotion.

crawl verb (FILL)

be crawling with sth C2 informal to be ​completelycovered with or ​full of a ​particulartype of thing: After the ​bombscare, the ​airport was crawling with ​police.

crawlnoun

uk   /krɔːl/  us   /krɑːl/

crawl noun (SWIMMING)

C1 [S or U] a ​style of ​swimming in which you ​moveyourarms over ​yourhead and ​kick with ​straightlegs

crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

C1 [S] a very ​slowspeed: Traffic ​movedforward at a crawl.
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crawl" in American English

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crawlverb [I]

 us   /krɔl/

crawl verb [I] (MOVE)

to move ​slowly with the ​bodystretched out along the ​ground or (of a ​human) on ​hands and ​knees: a ​caterpillar crawling in the ​grass The ​child crawled ​across the ​floor. fig. The ​train crawled ​slowly through the ​night.

crawlnoun

 us   /krɔl/

crawl noun (SWIMMING)

[U] a way of ​swimmingfast by ​lying with ​yourchest down, ​kickingyourlegs, and ​raising first one ​arm then the other out of the ​water to move yourself ​forward

crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

[C usually sing] a very ​slowrate of ​speed: Traffic ​slowed to a crawl (= a very ​slowspeed).
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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