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  1. [noun] the sound of something crunching; "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"

  2. [noun] a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources); "an end-of-the year crunch"; "a financial crunch"

  3. [noun] the act of crushing
    Synonyms: crush, compaction

  4. [verb] make crunching noises; "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"
    Synonyms: scranch, scraunch, crackle

  5. [verb] press or grind with a crunching noise
    Synonyms: cranch, craunch, grind

  6. [verb] chew noisily; "The children crunched the celery sticks"
    Synonyms: munch

  7. [verb] reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"
    Synonyms: grind, mash, bray, comminute


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