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crowd

1 noun
     
crowd1 S2 W2
1 [countable] a large group of people who have gathered together to do something, for example to watch something or protest about something
crowd of
a crowd of angry protesters
a crowd of 30,000 spectators
There were crowds of shoppers in the street.
A vast crowd gathered in the main square.
She mingled with the crowd of guests, exchanging greetings.
Saturday's game was watched by a capacity crowd (=the maximum number of people that a sports ground etc can hold).
Troops fired tear gas and shots to disperse a crowd of 15,000 demonstrators.
2 [singular] informal a group of people who know each other, work together etc:
I didn't know him; he wasn't one of the usual crowd.
3

the crowd

ordinary people, not unusual in any way:
You have to do things exceptionally well to stand out from the crowd (=be different from ordinary people).
He wanted to go unnoticed, to be one of the crowd.

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