Meaning of “crawl” in the English Dictionary

"crawl" in British English

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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)