Definition of “crunch” - English Dictionary

“crunch” in British English

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crunchverb [ I or T ]

uk /krʌntʃ/ us /krʌntʃ/

to crush hard food loudly between the teeth, or to make a sound as if something is being crushed or broken:

She was crunching noisily on an apple.
The gravel crunched underfoot as we walked up to the house.

crunchnoun

uk /krʌntʃ/ us /krʌntʃ/

(Definition of “crunch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“crunch” in American English

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crunchverb

us /krʌntʃ/

crunch verb (MAKE NOISE)

[ I/T ] to crush hard food loudly between the teeth, or to make a sound as if something is being crushed or broken:

[ I ] She was crunching noisily on an apple.
[ I ] The gravel crunched underfoot as we walked up the path.

crunch verb (CALCULATE)

[ T ] to calculate numbers or process information:

The project seems worthwhile, but you have to crunch the numbers to see if it’s affordable.

crunchnoun [ C/U ]

us /krʌntʃ/

crunch noun [ C/U ] (DIFFICULTY)

[ C/U ] slang a difficult situation which forces you to make a decision or act:

'The state faces a financial crunch.

crunch noun [ C/U ] (NOISE)

[ C usually sing ] a noise that sounds as if something is being crushed or broken:

We heard a loud crunch as the car hit the wall.

(Definition of “crunch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“crunch” in Business English

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crunchnoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /krʌnʃ/ us

a situation in which there is not enough of something:

Humanity is heading for an energy crunch within a very few years.
a crunch happens/occurs The crunch occurred because irresponsible lending led to a huge debt bubble.
If we want to avoid a recurrence of this present crunch, we need to understand why it happened.
Numerous agencies are starting to feel the crunch from operating for four months at or below last year's levels.
if/when it comes to the crunch

when a situation becomes extremely serious and a decision must be made:

If it comes to the crunch, we'll have no alternative but to sell up.

crunchverb [ T ]

uk /krʌnʃ/ us
crunch (the) numbers

to deal with data by performing a large number of calculations:

We hired a major accounting firm to crunch the numbers.
We believe we have made a profit, but we haven't crunched the numbers yet.

(Definition of “crunch” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)