Main definitions of crew in English

: crew1crew2

crew1

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural A group of people who work on and operate a ship, aircraft, etc.

    ‘he was one of nine members of the crew killed when the plane went down’
    • ‘Currently, most trains are operated with two-person crews - the train operator and the conductor.’
    • ‘In addition to training the ship's crew, there's the matter of getting the air crews shipshape.’
    • ‘One member of the train crew was killed, and two nearby residents asphyxiated from breathing the gas.’
    • ‘Did D intend to kill the crew of the aircraft on which he placed a bomb, as well as intending (as he admits) to claim the insurance money on the cargo?’
    • ‘Both members of the crew were killed instantly when the missile hit their aircraft.’
    • ‘Inside, the crew closely followed the team each inch of the way until they reached the escape hatch.’
    • ‘The railway is operated by fully trained crews and is open all day Monday to Friday, running each hour from 10 am to 4 pm.’
    • ‘A US Navy crew operated the ship.’
    • ‘Paul, Val and the team will follow the progress of the ship's crew as they continue their Able Seaman training programme.’
    • ‘The galleon trade provided the first opportunity for native Filipinos to leave the islands as members of the crews aboard the Spanish ships.’
    • ‘The latest hold-up involves a new office block for train operating companies, which will include facilities for train crews.’
    • ‘It is thought that most Viking ships probably carried some tents of this type to provide shelter, at least for the more important members of the crew, when the ship was away from home.’
    • ‘A sudden movement like that would have killed the crew of that ship immediately; no one could take that much momentum at one time!’
    • ‘Certain members of the crews of both ships were also decorated.’
    • ‘The Norwegian ship and its crew did what all seamen would do: rescue others in need at sea.’
    • ‘The station and crossing are unmanned and the train crew operate the gates.’
    • ‘A member of the train crew put out a call for medical assistance.’
    • ‘At the High Court in Leeds, Judge Peter Langan ruled the ballot carried out to see if members in the operational train crew wanted to go on strike was unlawful.’
    • ‘While arranging the charter, they had requested that people of certain ethnic and religious groups not be included in the crews operating this train.’
    • ‘Once in place, members had the added responsibility of training the international crews on the operation of these systems.’
    1. 1.1 A group of people working on a ship, aircraft, etc. other than the officers.
      ‘the ship's captain and crew may be brought to trial’
      • ‘Karla briefed the crew as Pilot Officer Kellogg flew the shuttle to the planet out over the ocean and brought it in to the LZ fast and low to avoid detection.’
      • ‘We thank the captains, officers and crew of the R.V L' Atalante and the Aguadomar and Caraval scientific teams for their efficient work at sea.’
      • ‘The building had a small chancel lit by a stained glass window, in memory of the officers and crew lost at sea on HMS Atalanta.’
      • ‘I have a tremendous amount of respect for the crew and the officers of the ship who managed to keep us all alive.’
      • ‘The Arizona had been my home; a city on water for her crew and officers.’
      • ‘The Norwegian freighter has no doctor and only enough food and facilities for 27 officers and crew.’
      • ‘Within half an hour, the pirates had assembled all the officers and crew and taken them to the captain's cabin.’
      • ‘In all the years that I spent in the Navy, I never served with a crew and officers like Seaview's!’
      • ‘The professionalism of the captain, officers and crew of the Wecoma contributed greatly to the success of the cruise.’
      • ‘It was an honor to dine at the captain's table, and indeed all the officers and crew were exceptional.’
      • ‘For several weeks, Clarkson haunted Bristol waterfront pubs to see how officers recruited their crews.’
      • ‘Aboard were twenty naval officers, a crew of 200, and a scientific staff of five.’
      • ‘They were more than just officers and crew in the same unit, they were family.’
      • ‘During the three-day stay in Southampton, officers and crew have been involved in a number of projects in the city.’
      • ‘During the voyage you will meet the captain, Commander Paul Porter, be entertained by the officers and crew, and given a full tour of HMS York.’
      • ‘Her officers and crew, visiting dignitaries, families and friends, toast her health.’
      • ‘Station Officer Power directed his crew and set up a fire block to prevent the fire spreading further.’
      • ‘All 118 officers and crew inside the submarine died when the pride of the Russian fleet sank after suffering a huge explosion in August last year.’
      • ‘So essentially the officers and the crew are eating their way out of the food supplies.’
      • ‘The officers and crews had already been up for some time.’
      sailors, seamen, mariners, hands
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    2. 1.2US mass noun The sport of rowing.
      • ‘Crew wasn't a school-sanctioned sport, so it had no money and no truck to haul the new boat to American Lake in Tacoma.’
      • ‘Can we list all of the great high school crew teams in Texas?’
      • ‘Obviously, it's the primary action in many crew and paddling sports.’
      • ‘His one arena of success lay in rowing crew, setting the stage for a lifelong love of being on water.’
  • 2A group of people who work closely together.

    ‘a film crew’
    • ‘The Humberside police helicopter was put on standby as police, firefighters and ambulance crews attended the scene.’
    • ‘Ade Hurren, station officer, said crews would be distributing the leaflets to all Seymour households this weekend.’
    • ‘We invited the media, which was no less than four cameras and three of those news crews and associated media and journalists.’
    • ‘Plus, retail operations bring the expense of larger staffs, i.e., crews of sales associates to man the stores.’
    • ‘Pete Muckle, Stow fire station officer, said his crew was called to four incidents caused by the storm.’
    • ‘Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called and four people were taken to Colchester General Hospital with minor injuries.’
    • ‘An incident support officer rushed to the scene, closely followed by a paramedic ambulance crew.’
    • ‘Firefighters, ambulance crews and police were called to the factory at 10 am.’
    • ‘Firefighters and ambulance crews are subjected to attacks in the area.’
    • ‘An ambulance crew and firefighters eventually arrived to cut the shivering dad from the vehicle.’
    • ‘And so when an officer or his crew makes a mistake of this magnitude or proportion, the end state is the same.’
    • ‘It is the latest in a seemingly increasing phenomenon of attacks on ambulance crews and firefighters while on duty.’
    • ‘Camps located in nonurban settings must understand that rural ambulance and emergency crews may be volunteers.’
    • ‘Fire officers and crews were quick to arrive at the scene yesterday and the immediate area was sealed off.’
    • ‘The Bolton Mountain Rescue team and two ambulance crews went to help her.’
    • ‘Officer Raymond said crews faced the death-wish teenagers every time they turned out along a certain stretch of road.’
    • ‘Residents had called the police who, together with a NSW Ambulance rescue crew, mounted a search in the drain.’
    • ‘But there is one situation that rescue crews are monitoring very closely.’
    • ‘Emergency workers like firefighters, ambulance crews and nurses need to be fully protected.’
    • ‘Police sealed off the area around the depot and firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the scene.’
    team, company, unit, party, working party, gang, shift, line-up, squad, force, corps, posse
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    1. 2.1derogatory, informal A group of people associated in some way.
      ‘a crew of assorted computer geeks’
      • ‘Don't invite your new gang to your old crew's annual end-of-summer outdoor bash.’
      • ‘On Soundchambers, this crew of German abstractionists locks together to form a constantly shifting musical triangle.’
      • ‘What a motley crew we are - much more so, I say from my experience, than journalists and politicians.’
      • ‘Oddly enough, when most of my friends and relatives were rooting for Dorothy and her crew, I was on the side of the Witch.’
      • ‘A motley crew we looked with our sweets and drink we brought in our selves but they loved it.’
      • ‘I moved into a new place, started playing sports again, and I now have a totally great crew of close friends!’
      crowd, lot, set, group, circle, band, gang, mob, pack, troop, swarm, herd, posse, company, collection
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    2. 2.2US informal A group of rappers, break dancers, or graffiti artists performing or operating together.
      ‘a graffiti crew called the Syndicate’
      • ‘Sometimes, there are benefits to being the third banana in a middle-tier rap crew.’
      • ‘There's apparently a Cornish hip-hop crew who rap about tractors, although that could just be my mate winding me up.’
      • ‘Scutt follows a crew of Melbourne graffiti artists around for one night.’
      • ‘Urban Art will feature spray paint pieces in various locations and we will hopefully interview artists and crews in upcoming issues.’
      • ‘The Invisible Spies crew was too busy beatboxing and tagging overpasses to bother picking up any post-'92 hip hop from across the pond.’
      • ‘Despite much hooting and hollering for a second encore, Casablancas and crew were in all probability far too intoxicated to perform any more songs by that point.’
      • ‘The usual Jamdown production crew attempt to make hip-hop beats and fail miserably.’
      • ‘With the UK swarming with young grime crews and artists; can old skool feel-good music (as Luck calls it) survive?’
      • ‘Roll Deep were Dizzee Rascal's original crew, and musos and critics seem desperate to love them.’
      • ‘The latter's much better, however, and, at over twenty years old, still more than capable of rocking the rock steady crew.’
      • ‘In some areas if you don't have some sort of a connection to the local gang or crew, you can't tag there, unless they aren't looking.’
      • ‘The interactive animated drama, based on the lives of a crew of graffiti artists, attracted almost 40,000 unique user agents to the minisite.’
      • ‘The urban improvisations of the Stomp crew are set against the rhythms and simple instruments of the tribes of five continents, from Brazil to Botswana.’
      • ‘They were doing music classes all over the UK and wanted to create a hip hop crew.’
      • ‘We had emails from all over the UK to come and interview crews and artists.’
      • ‘Lack of energy and a dearth of hooks adds up to one of the most tepid releases Matthews and his crew have released.’
      • ‘Winners of the ECMA for Alternative Group of the Year, this crew performed following King Konqueror's set.’
      • ‘We were all in a break crew called Soul City Rockers at the time.’
      • ‘I think the real problem is that these crews are performing together for the first time in the playoffs.’
      • ‘He says rappers at Flow are starting to support each other and to collaborate with artists outside their crew.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Provide (a craft or vehicle) with a group of people to operate it.

    ‘normally the boat is crewed by five people’
    • ‘His brother Robin, 33, crewed the boat at the last minute and left a pregnant wife to grieve and to bring up a child who will never know his father.’
    • ‘They eventually found two boats, one of them a fishing vessel crewed by Thais which had been seized off Somalia.’
    • ‘And he says it's a classic example of why only Australian-owned and crewed ships should be allowed in Australian waters.’
    • ‘Paramedics have told Scotland on Sunday it is likely that hundreds of lives would be saved each year if ambulances were properly crewed.’
    • ‘Once Jenna and Allison had sat down she said, ‘As you know this ship is primarily crewed by the engineering staff, rather than military crew.’’
    • ‘Every form of sailing imaginable is on offer here, from beginners' dinghy lessons on the lake-like waters of North Sound to fully crewed yachts.’
    • ‘Earlier, an attack on an oil tanker rammed by two explosive-laden boats left five sailors and the attackers crewing the boats dead.’
    • ‘While the airline is not prepared to indicate how much it will cost to hire fully crewed aircraft to keep most of their flights running, aviation experts have indicated that the cost would likely top €500,000 a day.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the only crewed space vehicle in development by the US is the CEV - the Crewed Exploration Vehicle.’
    • ‘John Agnew helped to crew the British boat Aera in its dash from Sydney to Hobart harbour’
    • ‘The staff that crewed the vehicles worked for six weeks, on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, before they got a week off.’
    • ‘In November 2000 they set off for a five-day training run and found themselves crewing the boat into the teeth of a force eight south-westerly gale.’
    • ‘This may mean temporarily moving personnel or vehicles to fire stations that are unable to crew vehicles for various reasons, including sickness.’
    • ‘Craig Alexander and Barry Scott, both 27, realised that crewing expensive yachts under a Caribbean sun offered more than fun.’
    • ‘The purpose-built yacht is crewed by four to five professional sailors, out of whom only the skipper is paid a salary.’
    • ‘Foreign-built and/or crewed ships were excluded from colonial trade and most exports and imports were to be carried via English and Scottish ports.’
    • ‘Partially disabled, his craft is captured by a huge, whale-like space vessel crewed by a handful of rather unfriendly aliens.’
    • ‘It is equally unlikely that Irish Ferries' customers care who crews the ships.’
    • ‘It is one thing to buy 105 vehicles at a cost of $750 million, but it is another thing when we do not actually have the people to crew those vehicles.’
    • ‘The ships are crewed by 72 Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and there is also provision for 26 Royal Navy personnel for helicopter and weapons systems operations.’
    1. 1.1no object Act as a member of a crew, subordinate to a captain.
      ‘I've never crewed for a world-famous yachtsman before’
      • ‘I like to sail and am currently training up my three children to crew, so that I can relax, just sit back and listen to the sea lapping at the boat.’
      • ‘Roped in to crew for an older friend, they fed me cider until I wobbled.’
      • ‘Emily's success is aided and abetted by her mum, Deirdre, who crews for Emily at all the rides.’
      • ‘Won 470 class at U.S. Olympic trials crewing for Katie McDowell.’
      • ‘Anna tasted success on the world stage two years ago, when she crewed for her big sister Katie when they were the first all girl boat in the World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania.’
      • ‘Earnhardt compares the chemistry to what he developed with Kirk Shelmerdine, who crewed for four of Earnhardt's championship seasons.’
      • ‘Ed and Joe got involved with the round-Britain challenge when they crewed for the owners John and Lisa Forbes to bring the yacht to Plymouth.’
      • ‘Still, Warthen, who also crewed for the Real World season set in Seattle, and Kunitz agree this is the most open cast of any previous episodes.’
      • ‘There was a welcome return to the fleet of Ian Frith crewing in Deva for the first time since his recent accident.’
      • ‘Offspring also crewed with Claude Theiler, Chris Goedhart, Andrew Dove from Guadeloupe and Pedro Jonker from St. Maarten.’
      • ‘But most members of the Liverpool Pedalo Club who crewed with Mark Latham see him in a very different light.’
      • ‘Noyes, 47, crewed for Krause from 1983 to 1993 and didn't begin driving until 1994.’
      • ‘He was supposed to be crewing and he hadn't even met the captain yet.’
      • ‘She had been sold as a slave, and told me she had been crewing as a cabin boy for half a year.’
      • ‘I was asked to crew by the commodore.’
      • ‘So he backpacked across New Zealand, then crewed on a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘As a weapons systems officer with the ‘Triple Nickel,’ DeBellevue scored his first four aerial victories while crewing with Capt. Steve Ritchie, who became the first Air Force Vietnam War ace.’
      • ‘For two years I had to crew as a deckhand on a trawler so we could keep the business going.’
      • ‘She spent the summer crewing on a sailboat in Newport.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French creue ‘augmentation, increase’, feminine past participle of croistre ‘grow’, from Latin crescere. The original sense was ‘band of soldiers serving as reinforcements’; hence it came to denote any organized armed band or, generally, a company of people (late 16th century).

Pronunciation

crew

/kruː/

Main definitions of crew in English

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Pronunciation

crew

/kruː/