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crackverb

 us   /kræk/
  • crack verb (DAMAGE)

[I/T] to damage something by causing thin lines or spaces to appear on its surface; break slightly: [I] The concrete on the front of the building had begun to crack. [T] The X-ray showed that she had cracked a bone in her foot.
  • crack verb (HIT SOMETHING)

[T always + adv/prep] to hit something hard: He fell backward, his head cracking against a tree.
  • crack verb (OPEN)

[T] to break something open, esp. in order to reach or use what is inside: He cracked three eggs into a mixing bowl.
[T] If you crack a code (= message in symbols), you discover what it means.
  • crack verb (MAKE A NOISE)

[I/T] to make a sudden, sharp noise or to cause something to make such a noise: [I] All around us the lightning was cracking.
  • crack verb (LOSE CONTROL)

[I] to weaken and become less able to think in a reasonable way, esp. because of anxiety or fear: In spite of intense questioning for over eight hours, she never cracked.
  • crack verb (JOKE)

[T] to make a joke or amusing remark: Jerry’s always cracking jokes.

cracknoun [C]

 us   /kræk/
  • crack noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

an attempt; a try: I’ve never tried to cook this before, but I thought I’d have a crack at it.
  • crack noun [C] (JOKE)

a joking remark that is critical of someone or slightly insulting: She’s always making cracks about how much I eat.
  • crack noun [C] (DAMAGE)

a thin line or space in the surface of something, usually a sign of damage: A series of cracks developed in the road surface.
A crack is also a narrow space: She opened the door a crack.

crackadjective [not gradable]

 us   /kræk/
skillful; expert: The man’s a crack technician.
(Definition of crack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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crackverb

uk   /kræk/  us   /kræk/
  • crack verb (BREAK)

B2 [T or I] to break something so that it does not separate, but very thin lines appear on its surface, or to become broken in this way: A stone hit the window and cracked the glass. I cracked my tooth as I fell. The walls cracked and the roof collapsed in the earthquake.
[I] informal to become mentally and physically weak: Stress and overwork are causing teachers to crack (up).
[I] informal to fail as a result of problems: Their relationship began to crack (up) after their child died.
[I] If someone cracks, that person begins to feel weak and agrees that they have been defeated: He cracked during questioning and told us where to find the stolen goods.

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  • crack verb (GET INTO)

[T] to break something open, especially in order to reach or use what is inside: Crack three eggs into a bowl and mix them together. He cracked (open) the nuts with his hands.
[T] (also crack into sth) to get into someone else's computer system without permission and get information or do something illegal
  • crack verb (MAKE SOUND)

[I or T] to make a sudden, short noise, or to cause something to make this noise: The whip cracked over the horses' heads. He's always cracking his knuckles (= pulling the joints of his fingers to make a noise).
[I] If a voice cracks, its sound changes because the person is upset: Her voice cracked with emotion as she told the story.
  • crack verb (MAKE JOKE)

C1 [T] to make a joke or funny remark: He's always cracking jokes.

cracknoun

uk   /kræk/  us   /kræk/
  • crack noun (NARROW SPACE)

C2 [C] a very narrow space between parts of something: Cracks had appeared in the dry ground. We peered through the crack in the floorboards.figurative Cracks began to show in his façade of self-confidence.
(just) a crack
so that there is a very small space: She opened the door just a crack to listen to the conversation.

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  • crack noun (JOKE)

[C] a wisecrack

crackadjective [before noun]

uk   /kræk/  us   /kræk/
(Definition of crack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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