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crowd (on) sail
To spread the sail so that a vessel moves faster. We need to crowd sail if we want to reach the port before nightfall.
crowd (someone or something) out of (something)
To push someone or something out of a certain thing or area, or to force out by increased proximity. The cat crowded the dog out of his bed and curled up for a nap.
crowd around (someone or something)
To gather around someone or something. The kids all crowded around the teacher for story time. Good luck getting any food with so many people crowding around the buffet!
1. To gather closely around someone or something. In this usage, "crowd in" can be followed by "on" and then a particular person or thing. When the teacher announced story time, the kids all crowded in. I hate when people crowd in on a buffet as soon as it's served.
2. To fill a space with more than it can reasonably hold or accommodate. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "in," and "into" can be used instead of "in." We can't crowd anyone else in, unless we move the lecture to the auditorium.
3. To push one's way into a certain place or area. In this usage, "into" can be used instead of "in." We tried to crowd into the lecture hall, but the professor told us it was filled to capacity.
1. To push or force someone or something out of a certain thing or area by taking up space. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "out." A bunch of people poured into the room, crowding out those of us who were already there. The cat crowded the dog out of his bed and curled up for a nap.
2. To cause someone or something to no longer be successful or viable in a certain environment due to an overabundance or oversaturation of similar people or things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "out." There are so many services like theirs already on the market that the company got crowded out almost immediately. The influx of people looking to make a quick buck as a freelance editor has started crowding more seasoned professionals out of the market.
crowd the mourners
To pressure or try to influence someone. If you crowd the mourners, no one will help you.
To push or force one's way through a certain thing or area. As soon as the store opened its doors, the people waiting in line began to crowd through.
1. To move close together. We were so cold while waiting in line that we crowded together for warmth.
2. To position things close together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "together." I tried crowding all of my clothes together to make room for my jacket, but it still wouldn't fit in the suitcase.
crowd with (someone or something)
To fill something with more than it can reasonably hold or accommodate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crowd" and "with." Because this room is totally crowded with people, we're moving everyone into the auditorium. I had crowded my suitcase with so much stuff that I couldn't get it closed.
crowd in (on someone or something)
to press or crush around someone or something. Please don't crowd in on the guest of honor. Can you keep them back from me? I don't like it when they crowd in. The people crowded in on us and frightened us a little bit. Don't crowd in on the display case. It is an antique.
crowd someone or something in(to) somethingand crowd someone or something in
to push or squeeze someone or something into a place or a container. They tried to crowd a dozen people into that tiny room. Then they crowded in one more. They all tried to crowd themselves into the same room.
crowd someone or something together
to push or squeeze people or things together. See if you can crowd them together and get more in the row. I am afraid that I crowded the plants together too much.
crowd through (something)
[for a number of people] to push through something. The little group of revelers crowded through the door. They all tried to crowd through.
to pack tightly together. The tenants crowded together in the lobby. All the kittens crowded together to keep warm.