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English noun: crunch

1. crunch (event) the sound of something crunching

SamplesHe heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path.

Broader (hypernym)noise

2. crunch (state) a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)

SamplesAn end-of-the year crunch.
A financial crunch.

Broader (hypernym)situation

3. crunch (act) the act of crushing

Synonymscompaction, crush

Broader (hypernym)compressing, compression

Narrower (hyponym)grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization

English verb: crunch

1. crunch (communication) make a crushing noise

SamplesHis shoes were crunching on the gravel.

Synonymscrackle, scranch, scraunch

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

Narrower (hyponym)crump, scrunch, thud

2. crunch (contact) press or grind with a crushing noise

Synonymscranch, craunch, grind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)press

3. crunch (consumption) chew noisily

SamplesThe children crunched the celery sticks.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)chew, jaw, manducate, masticate

4. crunch (change) reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

SamplesGrind the spices in a mortar.
Mash the garlic.

Synonymsbray, comminute, grind, mash

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

Narrower (hyponym)mill, pestle, pulp

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