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crawlverb

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.

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crawlnoun

uk   /krɔːl/  us   /krɑːl/
(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 body stretched 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 swimming fast by lying with your chest down, kicking your legs, and raising first one arm then the other out of the water to move yourself forward
  • crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

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