crunch Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “crunch” in the English Dictionary

"crunch" in British English

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crunchverb [I or T]

uk   us   /krʌntʃ/
to ​crush hard ​foodloudly between the ​teeth, or to make a ​sound as if something is being ​crushed or ​broken: She was crunching ​noisily on an ​apple. The ​gravel crunched ​underfoot as we ​walked up to the ​house.

crunchnoun

uk   us   /krʌntʃ/

crunch noun (SOUND)

[C usually singular] the ​sound of hard ​food being ​crushed between the ​teeth, or like something being ​crushed or ​broken: The ​woods were ​silentapart from the crunch of ​ourfeet in the ​snow.

crunch noun (DIFFICULTY)

the crunch [S] informal a ​difficultsituation that ​forces you to make a ​decision or do something: The crunch came when she was ​forced to ​choose between her ​marriage and her ​career.

crunch noun (EXERCISE)

[C usually plural] an ​exercise in which you ​lie on ​your back on the ​floor with ​yourkneesbent and ​yourfeetflat on the ​floor, and then ​raiseyourhead and ​shoulders: Doing crunches every ​daystrengthensyourabdominalmuscles.
(Definition of crunch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crunch" in American English

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crunchverb

 us   /krʌntʃ/

crunch verb (MAKE NOISE)

[I/T] to ​crush hard ​foodloudly between the ​teeth, or to make a ​sound as if something is being ​crushed or ​broken: [I] She was crunching noisily on an ​apple. [I] The ​gravel crunched ​underfoot as we ​walked up the ​path.

crunch verb (CALCULATE)

[T] to ​calculatenumbers or ​processinformation: The ​projectseemsworthwhile, but you have to crunch the ​numbers to ​see if it’s ​affordable.

crunchnoun [C/U]

 us   /krʌntʃ/

crunch noun [C/U] (DIFFICULTY)

[C/U] slang a ​difficultsituation which ​forces you to make a ​decision or ​act: 'The ​statefaces a ​financial crunch.

crunch noun [C/U] (NOISE)

[C usually sing] a ​noise that ​sounds as if something is being ​crushed or ​broken: We ​heard a ​loud crunch as the ​carhit the ​wall.
(Definition of crunch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"crunch" in Business English

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crunchnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /krʌnʃ/
a ​situation in which there is not enough of something: Humanity is ​heading for an energy crunch within a very few ​years.a crunch happens/occurs The crunch occurred because irresponsible ​lendingled to a huge ​debtbubble. If we want to ​avoid a recurrence of this ​present crunch, we need to understand why it ​happened. Numerous ​agencies are ​starting to feel the crunch from ​operating for four months at or below last year's ​levels.
if/when it comes to the crunch when a ​situation becomes extremely serious and a decision must be made: If it comes to the crunch, we'll have no alternative but to ​sell up.

crunchverb [T]

uk   us   /krʌnʃ/
crunch (the) numbers to ​deal with ​data by ​performing a large ​number of ​calculations: We ​hired a ​majoraccountingfirm to crunch the ​numbers. We believe we have made a ​profit, but we haven't crunched the ​numbers yet.
(Definition of crunch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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