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crowd (v.)

Old English crudan "to press, crush." Cognate with Middle Dutch cruden, Dutch kruijen "to press, push," Middle High German kroten "to press, oppress," Norwegian kryda "to crowd." Related: Crowded; crowding.

crowd (n.)

1560s, "large group of persons, multitude," from crowd (v.). The earlier word was press (n.). Crowd (n.) was used earlier in the now-archaic sense of "act of pressing or shoving" (c. 1300). From 1650s as "any group or company of persons contemplated in a mass." Crowd-pleaser is by 1924; crowd-control is by 1915; crowd-surf (v.) is by 1995; crowdsourcing (n.) is from 2006.

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Definitions of crowd from WordNet
1
crowd (v.)
cause to herd, drive, or crowd together;
Synonyms: herd
crowd (v.)
fill or occupy to the point of overflowing;
The students crowded the auditorium
crowd (v.)
to gather together in large numbers;
men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah
Synonyms: crowd together
crowd (v.)
approach a certain age or speed;
Synonyms: push
2
crowd (n.)
a large number of things or people considered together;
a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers
crowd (n.)
an informal body of friends;
he still hangs out with the same crowd
Synonyms: crew / gang / bunch
From wordnet.princeton.edu