a. A container, such as a slatted wooden case, used for storing or shipping.
b. A container, usually of plastic, metal, or wood, used to house or transport an animal.
2. Slang An old rickety vehicle, especially a decrepit automobile or aircraft.
tr.v. crat·ed, crat·ing, crates
1. To pack into a container, such as a slatted wooden case.
2. To put (an animal) into a crate.
[Latin crātis, wickerwork.]
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