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crash

verb uk   us   /kræʃ/

crash verb (HAVE AN ACCIDENT)

B1 [I or T] If a vehicle crashes or someone crashes it, it is involved in an accident, usually a serious one in which the vehicle is damaged and someone is hurt: We skidded on the ice and crashed. The plane crashed into a mountainside. Her brother borrowed her motorbike and crashed it.
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crash verb (MAKE A NOISE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit something, often making a loud noise or causing damage: We could hear waves crashing on/against the shore. Suddenly, cymbals crashed and the orchestra began playing. A dog came crashing through the bushes. Without warning, the tree crashed through the roof.

crash verb (FAIL)

C1 [I] If something such as a business crashes, it suddenly fails or becomes unsuccessful: Investors were seriously worried when the stock market began to crash.B2 [I] If a computer or system crashes, it suddenly stops operating: My laptop's crashed again.

crash verb (SLEEP)

[I] informal to sleep at someone else's house for the night, especially when you have not planned it: They crashed on my floor after the party.

crash verb (ENTER WITHOUT PERMISSION)

[T] informal to go to a party or other event without an invitation: We tried to crash the party, but the bouncers wouldn't let us in.
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crash

noun [C] uk   us   /kræʃ/

crash noun [C] (ACCIDENT)

B1 an accident involving a vehicle, usually a serious one in which the vehicle is damaged or someone is hurt: a car crash She had a crash on the way to work. They were only slightly injured in the crash.
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crash noun [C] (NOISE)

B2 a sudden loud noise made when something breaks or falls: I heard a loud crash in the kitchen. The vase landed on the floor with a crash.

crash noun [C] (FAILURE)

C1 a sudden large fall in the value of a country's businesses: They lost a lot of money in the Stock Market crash. a situation when a computer or system suddenly stops operating: a computer crash

crash

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /kræʃ/ informal
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