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verb \ˈkrəsh\

Simple Definition of crush

  • : to press or squeeze (something) so hard that it breaks or loses its shape

  • : to break (something) into a powder or very small pieces by pressing, pounding, or grinding it

  • : to defeat (a person or group that opposes you) by using a lot of force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crush

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure <crush grapes> b :  to squeeze together into a mass

  3. 2 :  hug, embrace

  4. 3 :  to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding <crush rock>

  5. 4 a :  to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight b :  to oppress or burden grievously <crushed by debt> c :  to subdue completely

  6. 5 :  crowd, push <were crushed into the elevator>

  7. 6 archaic :  drink

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 obsolete :  crash

  10. 2 :  to become crushed

  11. 3 :  to advance with or as if with crushing

crushable play \ˈkrə-shə-bəl\ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb

Examples of crush in a sentence

  1. Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them.

  2. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires.

  3. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled.

  4. Her arm was crushed in the accident.

  5. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake.

  6. The rocks were crushed into dust.

Origin of crush

Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with crush




Simple Definition of crush

  • : a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time

  • : the person on whom you have a crush

  • : a crowd of people who are pressed close together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crush

  1. 1 :  an act of crushing

  2. 2 :  the quantity of material crushed

  3. 3 a :  a crowding together (as of people) b :  crowd, mob; especially :  a crowd of people pressing against one another

  4. 4 :  an intense and usually passing infatuation <have a crush on someone>; also :  the object of infatuation

crushproof play \-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of crush in a sentence

  1. Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years.

  2. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour.

  3. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival.


First Known Use of crush


Synonym Discussion of crush

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together <a crowd gathered>. throng and horde suggest movement and pushing <a throng of reporters> <a horde of shoppers>. crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort <a crush of fans>. mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence <an angry mob>.

CRUSH Defined for Kids



verb \ˈkrəsh\

Definition of crush for Students


  1. 1 :  to squeeze together so as to change or destroy the natural shape or condition <We crush grapes for their juice.>

  2. 2 :  to break into fine pieces by pressure <The machine crushes stone.>

  3. 3 :  overwhelm 1 <crush an enemy>

  4. 4 :  to defeat in spirit <The injury crushed her hopes of winning.>




Definition of crush for Students

  1. 1 :  a tightly packed crowd <He got caught in the crush of holiday shoppers.>

  2. 2 :  a foolish or very strong liking :  infatuation <Libby has a crush on a lifeguard named Freddie. — Judy Blume, Sheila the Great>

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