1 large number of people in one place
ADJ. big, bumper, capacity, good, great, huge, large, massive, record, sell-out, vast The show played to capacity crowds. | small | gathering, growing | assembled The president read a declaration to a vast assembled crowd. | jostling, madding, milling, surging We pushed our way through the milling crowds of guests. | admiring, appreciative, cheering, enthusiastic, excited, expectant | angry, hostile, partisan | rush-hour | motley the usual motley crowd of tourists, hawkers and pigeons | football, theatre | home (at a football match)
VERB + CROWD attract, draw, pull (in) Boxing is a sport that always attracts large crowds. | break up, disperse Police were called to disperse the crowd. | control | address, play to | join, mingle with
CROWD + VERB assemble, collect, gather An expectant crowd gathered outside his house. | grow, swell The crowd grew to over 15,000. | flock, mill, throng Crowds have been flocking to the beaches in this hot weather. A crowd thronged around the wounded man. | disperse, melt away, thin out After the ambulance drove off, the crowd dispersed. | cheer, roar | boo, hiss, jeer | line the street Crowds lined the streets of the city as the president's car approached.
PREP. among a/the ~ A bewildered child was wandering among the crowd. | in a/the ~ I saw some familiar faces in the crowd. | through a/the ~ She fought her way through the crowd. | ~ of a big crowd of football supporters
CROWD + NOUN control
PHRASES the back/front/middle of a crowd 2 the crowd ordinary people
VERB + CROWD be one of, follow She's happy to follow the crowd. | stand out from We all like to think we stand out from the crowd (= are different from other people).