Meaning of “crude” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “crude” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crude" in American English

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crudeadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /krud/

crude adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SIMPLE)

simple and not skillfully done or made:

He made a crude table out of an old crate.

crude adjective [ -er/-est only ] (RUDE)

rude and offensive:

a crude joke/remark
crude, barbaric men

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"crude" in Business English

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uk /kruːd/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES, PRODUCTION in a natural or unfinished state, especially before being treated in an industrial process:

crude sugar cane
crude steel

very simple, without much detail, and perhaps not very accurate:

Our initial crude calculations show that we made a profit this month.

crudenoun [ U ]


→  crude oil

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