crewcrew1 /kruː/ ●●●S3W3 noun1TTBO[countable] all the people who work on a ship or planeThe plane crashed, killing two of the crew and four passengers.crew ofHe joined the crew of a large fishing boat.a crew member► see thesaurus at group2GROUP OF PEOPLE[countable] a group of people working together with special skillsa TV camera crew →ground crew3DSO[countable] a team of people who compete in rowingracesWho will be on the college crew?4GROUP OF PEOPLE[singular] a group of people or friends – often used to show disapprovalThe volunteers were a motley crew (=very mixed group of people).Do you still hang out with the same crew?5[countable] informala)a group of musicians, especially ones playing hiphop, rap, or garagemusicb)a group of hip hopdancers6[countable] informal a group of young people who spend time together, often one that is involved in crime, drugs, or violenceSYN gangCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a group of people working together with special skillstypes of crewa film crewThe film crew were making a political documentary.a camera crewa BBC camera crewa television/TV crewJournalists and TV crews were waiting outside their house.a stage crew (=working to produce a play)There is a cast of 100 and a stage crew of twenty.a production crew (=working to produce a film, programme, play etc)She’s a member of the production crew for a new television series.a fire crewFire crews took more than three hours to bring the blaze under control.an ambulance crewThe woman had to be rescued from her car by an ambulance crew.the ground crew (=the people who prepare an airplane to fly)The ground crew were refueling the plane.the cabin crew (=the people who work inside an airplane, especially the flight attendants)I was impressed by the polite and efficient cabin crew.
crewcrew2 verb [intransitive, transitive]TTWto be part of the crew on a boatThe boat is crewed by ten men.→ See Verb table
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crew• The U.S.S. Mason was crewed entirely by black sailors.• Some countries can crew one or two majormovies simultaneously.From King Business Dictionarycrewcrew /kruː/ noun [countable]TRAVELTRANSPORT1all the people working on a ship or planeThese planes carry over 300 passengers and crew.2all the people working on a ship or plane except the most important officersThe captain instructed the cabin crew to prepare for take-off.Origincrew1(1500-1600)crew“additional soldiers, reinforcements”((15-16 centuries)), from Old Frenchcreue“increase”, from creistre; → CRESCENT