how to pronounce crunch


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crunch is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of crunch in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… last day we we had to crunch him quite a …”

meanings of crunch


  1. A critical moment or event.
  2. A noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching.
  3. A small piece created by crushing; a piece of material with a friable or crunchy texture.
  4. A dessert consisting of a crunchy topping with fruit underneath.
  5. The overtime work required to catch up and finish a project, usually in the final weeks of development before release.
  6. A shortage.
  7. A problem that leads to a crisis.
  8. A form of abdominal exercise, based on a sit-up but in which the lower back remains in contact with the floor.


  1. To crush something, especially food, with a noisy crackling sound.
  2. To be crushed with a noisy crackling sound.
  3. To grind or press with violence and noise.
  4. To make employees work overtime in order to meet a deadline in the development of a project.
  5. To compress (data) using a particular algorithm, so that it can be restored by decrunching.
  6. To calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations). Presumably from the sound made by mechanical calculators.
  7. To emit a grinding or crunching noise.

crunch frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word crunch occurs in english on average 8.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics crunch can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that crunch can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) food and health;

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