Definitions for crucialˈkru ʃəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cru•cialˈkru ʃəl(adj.)

  1. of vital or critical importance, esp. with regard to a decision or result:

    a crucial experiment.

  2. Archaic. shaped like a cross; cruciform.

Origin of crucial:

1700–10; < L cruci-, s. of cruxcross+ -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucial, important(adj)

    of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

    "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"

  2. crucial(adj)

    having crucial relevance

    "crucial to the case"; "relevant testimony"

  3. all-important(a), all important(p), crucial, essential, of the essence(p)(adj)

    of the greatest importance

    "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crucial(adjective)ˈkru ʃəl

    having an extremely important effect

    a crucial moment in the race; It's crucial that he be there.; medical supplies crucial to fighting the disease


  1. crucial(Adjective)

    Being essential or decisive for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important.

  2. crucial(Adjective)

    Cruciform or cruciate; cross-shaped.

  3. crucial(Adjective)

    Term of approval, particularly when applied to reggae music.

    Delbert Wilkins is the most crucial pirate radio DJ in Brixton.

  4. Origin: 1706, from crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from Latin crux (English crux), from the (s)ker-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crucial(adj)

    having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision

  2. Crucial(adj)

    severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross; decisive; as, a crucial test


  1. Crucial

    "Crucial" is New Edition's fourth single from the Heart Break album. The single featured production from Jellybean Johnson, Spencer Bernard, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Despite failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, "Crucial" hit #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it one of New Edition's more popular singles from the post-Bobby Brown era. It was used in the License to Drive soundtrack.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2273

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3949

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Adjectives Frequency: #301

Translations for crucial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


involving a big decision; of the greatest importance

He took the crucial step of asking her to marry him; The next game is crucial; – if we lose it we lose the match.

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