the crux Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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the cruxnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈkrʌks/
the most ​important or ​seriouspart of a ​matter, ​problem, or ​argument: The crux of the country's ​economicproblems is ​itsforeigndebt. The ​issue of an ​armsembargo will be at the crux of the ​negotiations in Geneva.
(Definition of the crux from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the crux”
in Chinese (Simplified) 关键, 核心, 症结…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關鍵, 核心, 癥結…
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