1. Filled near or to capacity: a crowded bus.
2. Filled with a crowd: a crowded plaza.
3. Having insufficient space for comfort: “When wealthy Dutch settlers began feeling crowded in lower Manhattan, they moved to verdant farmlands north of the city” (Janet Groene).
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.