WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
cru•sade /kruˈseɪd/USA pronunciation  n., v.,  -sad•ed, -sad•ing.

n. [countable]
  1. [often: Crusade] any of the military campaigns or wars undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims.
  2. a strong movement, campaign, or activity on behalf of a cause:a literacy crusade.

v. [no object]
  1. to go on or take part in a crusade:She was crusading for more aid to the unemployed.
cru•sad•er,n. [countable]

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crusade /kruːˈseɪd/ n
  1. (often capital) any of the military expeditions undertaken in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries by the Christian powers of Europe to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
  2. (formerly) any holy war undertaken on behalf of a religious cause
  3. a vigorous and dedicated action or movement in favour of a cause
vb (intransitive)
  1. to campaign vigorously for something
  2. to go on a crusade
Etymology: 16th Century: from earlier croisade, from Old French crois cross, from Latin crux; influenced also by Spanish cruzada, from cruzar to take up the cross

cruˈsader n

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