\ˈkrəsh \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure crush grapes

b : to squeeze together into a mass She crushed her clothes into a bag.

2 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.

3 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock

4a : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight

b : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt

c : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.

d : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.

5 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator

6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : crash

2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.

3 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of crushing

2 : the quantity of material crushed

3a : a crowding together (as of people)

b : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another

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

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Other Words from crush


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


crushproof \ˈkrəsh-ˌprüf \ adjective

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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

Examples of crush in a Sentence


Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled. Her arm was crushed in the accident. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake. The rocks were crushed into dust.


Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jerking the tweezers can twist or crush the tick and make its body separate from its mouth, leaving those blood-sucking parts behind in your skin. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete slabs and twisted metal after the 950-ton bridge crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place conducts drainage study," 7 July 2018 Alternatively, put the bread in a large re-sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin or the bottom of a glass. Claire Perez,, "How to make homemade breadcrumbs," 6 July 2018 With no sign of intervention yet by his foreign foes, government forces seem set for another big victory in the war after crushing the last remaining rebel bastions near Damascus and Homs. NBC News, "U.N. urges Jordan to open border as 320,000 flee while Russian jets hit southern Syria," 5 July 2018 Later, it is revealed that among Srebnik's tasks was to dump bags filled crushed bones of Jews into the same waters. Lori Hinnant,, "Claude Lanzmann, director of 'Shoah,' dies at age 92," 5 July 2018 Dozens were sitting near the tree watching the fireworks when the branch fell, crushing some of the spectators. Fox News, "Tree branch falls on crowd at fireworks show, kills 2," 5 July 2018 That is the truest manifestation of the American spirit, and it’s been subverted in this century by a powermad strongman and his idiot minions who think crushing the poor and the vulnerable is some kind of punk move. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 But once our music starts getting crushed into mp3s, people can’t tell the difference, and don’t care about the quality of their music anymore. Billboard, "David Banner Gets Candid About Hip-Hop's Instability and the Controversy Surrounding the 'N-Word'," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If last year’s food tents were any indication, consider having a snack on you at all times; brave the crush, though, and you’ll be rewarded with eats from the likes of Roy Choi’s Kogi and Brian Dunsmoor’s Hatchet Hall. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 With the opening shoegazing strums, Placebo taps into late summer anxieties by relating the changing of seasons to the inescapable crush of time. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Deep Cuts of 1998: Critics' Picks," 31 May 2018 The city argues the state is unequally distributing adult family homes, leading to a crush of them in Lakewood and specifically the city’s Oakbrook neighborhood. Walker Orenstein, The Seattle Times, "Lakewood moves to stop release of some Western State Hospital psychiatric patients within its borders," 28 May 2018 Both plans would add to the crush of almost 5,500 new apartments planned or underway along the $1.2 billion Blue Line extension. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Hundreds of apartments will help reshape this area near NoDa | Charlotte Observer," 4 Apr. 2018 Just look to those celebrity crushes of yours for proof. Samantha Sasso,, "You Won't Believe How Many Celebrities Have Butt Tattoos," 7 Mar. 2018 Many believed Kiki to be former 106 & Park host Keshia Chante, who grew up as a childhood friend of Drake's and was one of his first crushes. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 Start by considering a very straightforward experience, such as a frustrating conversation with your boss or flirty text exchange with your crush. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 The party faces a similar scenario in two open House races in the 39th and 49th districts, where the retirement of Republican incumbents Ed Royce and Darrell Issa have attracted a crush of candidates from both parties. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats on edge in California congressional races," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of crush


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crush


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


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Phrases Related to crush

crushed to death

schoolgirl crush

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English Language Learners Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ˈkrəsh \
crushed; crushing

Kids Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

3 : overwhelm sense 1 crush an enemy

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



Kids Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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