crush

1 of 2

verb

crushed; crushing; crushes

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
: to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding
crush rock
3
a
: to subdue completely
The rebellion was crushed.
b
: to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone)
Her insults crushed him.
c
: to oppress or burden grievously
crushed by debt
d
: to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
4
: crowd, push
were crushed into the elevator
5
: hug, embrace
She crushed her child to her breast.
6
archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1
: to advance with or as if with crushing
The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.
2
: to become crushed
The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3
obsolete : crash
4
informal : to experience an intense and usually passing infatuation : to have a crush on someone
usually used with on
She's been crushing on him all summer.
Turns out Fat Monica was motivated to lose all the weight after she overhead Chandler (whom she was crushing on) tell Ross: "I don't want to be stuck here all night with your fat sister."Entertainment Weekly
crushable adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb

crush

2 of 2

noun

1
: an intense and usually passing infatuation
have a crush on someone
also : the object of infatuation
2
a
: crowd, mob
especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
b
: a crowding together (as of people)
3
: an act of crushing
4
: the quantity of material crushed
crushproof adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of crush in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
With these emphatic victories, the BJP not only crushed and humiliated the Congress but also secured the legislative dominance of the party. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The impact on funding for future businesses could be crushing, though. Bernard Condon, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 Talbot hectors these comically exaggerated pep talks — equal parts carrot and stick — over crushing guitars in a way that feels both giddy and disorienting. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 15 Feb. 2024 Photos showed the silver car with a badly mangled roof and the windshield crushed flat. TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 Leaves are slender and stinky when crushed or bruised. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Though some use vegetable oil to supplement their tang yuan filling, Lee is a traditionalist, delicately crushing his black sesame with lard to create a gooey filling that spills out of its white shell. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the war until Israel crushes Hamas' military and governing abilities and wins the return of the 100-plus hostages still held by the militant group after the Oct. 7 cross-border raid that ignited the war. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 6 Feb. 2024 Onerous regulation driven by unchecked government agencies crushing entire energy industries, jobs and communities are wrong. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024
Noun
Last month, Kim Kwang-ho, the head of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, was indicted on a charge of contributing to the crush through negligence. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Most of those killed in the October 29 crush were young adults and teenagers, who were among tens of thousands of partygoers who poured into Seoul’s Itaewon district to celebrate Halloween. Yoonjung Seo, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 Hopefully, your crush wasn’t also a murderous barber and you his accomplice in baking people into pies. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The latest actions follow those announced last week, including assigning assistance teams to help colleges manage the new process and the crush of data arriving later than usual. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Actors Nicholas James and Tika Sumpter met working on a show, and got married in 2022 Nicholas James was clueless about his costar Tika Sumpter’s crush on him at first. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2024 Fried said ringing the court with security personnel or putting up barricades would be counterproductive because that would jeopardize people in the stands who get caught in the crush of fans pushing forward. Eric Olson, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2024 Your fans know you as the mother of the tier system to categorize your celebrity crushes and obsessions. Bella Arnold, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2024 The song soundtracks one growing trend involving creators comparing themselves to lovestruck TV/film characters when asked about their crushes. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of crush was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crush. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crush

1 of 2 verb
1
: to squeeze together so as to break or destroy the natural shape or condition
crush grapes
2
3
: to break into fine pieces by pressing, pounding, or grinding
crush stone
4
a
: overwhelm sense 2
crushed the enemy
crusher noun

crush

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act of crushing
2
: a crowding together of many people
3
: a strong but often temporary liking : infatuation
have a crush on someone

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