\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
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 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
3a : 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 onShe'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



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation
2a : 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

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Other Words from crush


crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crushable (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb


crushproof \ ˈkrəsh-​ˌprüf How to pronounce crushproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crush

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Synonyms: Noun

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trawlers packed the harbour, as the world’s biggest ice factory, built to provide crushed ice for ships, loomed over everything. The Economist, "Swing seats Labour is losing the battle for Grimsby," 21 Nov. 2019 Video showed a west bound train crushing a disabled 2012 Toyota Camry that was on the tracks just a few miles north of the Princeton Junction, according to the West Windsor Police Department. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Dramatic video shows Amtrak train crushing a car left on New Jersey tracks," 20 Nov. 2019 That would mean pasting Auburn by 40 points or more, similar to how Ohio State crushed Wisconsin, 59-0, in the 2014 Big Ten championship game with third-string QB Cardale Jones en route to a national title. C.j. Doon,, "Five things we learned from the College Football Playoff rankings for Week 13," 20 Nov. 2019 This kind of research can also help us enrich our understanding of the birth of celestial bodies, Earth’s roiling core, and planets like Jupiter that have crushing gravity—literally. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Lead Is Stronger Than Steel If You Compress It Enough," 18 Nov. 2019 Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times: UCLA’s masquerade as a winner is over, crushed at Utah. oregonlive, "Was Oregon’s victory over Arizona a prime-time performance? Beavers make a bowl bid: Issues & Answers," 17 Nov. 2019 Alabama's favored by three scores against a Mississippi State team that had lost four straight before crushing hapless Arkansas the last time out. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Where’s Alabama’s head after loss to LSU?," 14 Nov. 2019 The Cavs won their second straight game Sunday night, crushing the Knicks 108-87 at famed Madison Square Garden. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton’s career night helps Cleveland Cavaliers continue dominance against Knicks, 108-87," 11 Nov. 2019 Almost everyone who’s on the list knows about it, Jackie said, though the celebrity crushes (Paul Thomas Andersen, for one), probably do not. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Managing Your Friendships, With Software," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His position is not improved by the arrival of Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke), a lieutenant with a crush on Catherine. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Helen Mirren rules in ‘Catherine the Great’," 21 Oct. 2019 In the film, Sam, a young boy who plays the drums for a school performance of the song harbors a crush on his classmate, Joanna, who is singing lead; the song plays a significant role to this plotline, which helps open and close the film. Cady Lang, Time, "How Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Became the Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving," 1 Nov. 2019 There were, of course, the usual letters from high school students who want to make it to Broadway and young fans who profess a crush. Megan Thielking, STAT, "‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tells a fictional story of suicide. But its actors field messages from very real people in crisis," 29 Oct. 2019 Owen Teague, so perfectly brooding in Bloodline, is adorably hangdog as Julian, a 19-year-old who meets Eve in a creative writing class and immediately develops a crush. Kristen Baldwin,, "Kathryn Hahn is porn again in HBO's Mrs. Fletcher," 22 Oct. 2019 Gershwin often collaborated with luminaries including Fred and Adele Astaire, who had an unrequited crush on him. The Economist, "The short, brilliant life of George Gershwin," 3 Oct. 2019 Good ol’ Charlie Brown develops a crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl while his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure as a World War I flying ace who pursues the Red Baron. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Hulu Sometimes, discovering a new fictional world is like forming a crush on a relative stranger. Liz Shannon Miller, The Verge, "Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale is a model of longform worldbuilding," 15 July 2019 That all came later with computers and an understanding of crush patterns and stuff that just didn’t exist at that point. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "Movies for grown-ups are in short supply. ‘Ford v Ferrari’ aims to prove they still work," 1 Sep. 2019

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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 3

History and Etymology for crush

Verb and Noun

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

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

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24 Nov 2019

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“Crush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce crush (audio) \
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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