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English definition of “crawl”

crawl

verb
 
 
/krɔːl/
PERSON [I] B2 to move on your hands and knees: I crawled under the desk to plug the lamp in.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomach
ANIMAL [I] If an insect crawls, it uses its legs to move: There's an ant crawling up your leg.Moving on your hands and legs or on your stomach
TRAFFIC [I] If traffic crawls, it moves extremely slowly: We were crawling along at 10 miles per hour.Slow and moving slowly
TRY TO PLEASE [I] UK informal to try to please someone because you want them to like you or help you: My brother is always crawling to Mum.Praising insincerely or too eagerly
be crawling with sb/sth to be full of insects or people in a way that is unpleasant: The kitchen's crawling with ants.Full
(Definition of crawl verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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