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crawlverb [I]

 us   /krɔl/
  • crawl verb [I] (MOVE)

to move ​slowly with the ​bodystretched out along the ​ground or (of a ​human) on ​hands and ​knees: a ​caterpillar crawling in the ​grass The ​child crawled ​across the ​floor. fig. The ​train crawled ​slowly through the ​night.

crawlnoun

 us   /krɔl/
  • crawl noun (SWIMMING)

[U] a way of ​swimmingfast by ​lying with ​yourchest down, ​kickingyourlegs, and ​raising first one ​arm then the other out of the ​water to move yourself ​forward
  • crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

[C usually sing] a very ​slowrate of ​speed: Traffic ​slowed to a crawl (= a very ​slowspeed).
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"crawl" in British English

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crawlverb

uk   /krɔːl/  us   /krɑːl/
  • crawl verb (MOVE)

B2 [I] to ​moveslowly or with ​difficulty, ​especially with ​yourbodystretched out along the ​ground or on ​hands and ​knees: The ​child crawled across the ​floor. The ​injuredsoldier crawled to ​safety. Megan has just ​learned to crawl. The ​lorry crawled ​noisily up the ​hill.

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crawlnoun

uk   /krɔːl/  us   /krɑːl/
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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