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
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 Ibrahim was kneeling, with rubble crushing his right leg. Safak Timur Emin Ozmen, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 In San Jose, an enormous tree fell on a townhome on Rocky Creek Court, crushing the garage. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 The fact that carbon emissions can be durably decoupled from economic growth is real-world proof that the green transition underway can endure without crushing the economy. Justin Worland, TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 When Culp took charge, GE was reeling from a crushing load of roughly $140 billion in debt. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2024
Noun
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 On Monday night, as Kelce took his place behind a podium microphone in the stadium, the media crush rivaled that of the one for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 What Parents Should Know: Puberty and adolescence are the main themes in this film so there's plenty of references to periods and crushes, which can open up discussions about changing bodies and hormones. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 5 Feb. 2024 Molly Ringwald is reminiscing about her junior high school crushes! Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Candy crush Want to know the true signal that fall has arrived? Compiled By Elaine Rogers, Stephanie Allmon Merry and Celeste Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Jan. 2024 The dating app Badoo found that 51 percent of its users have been on a morning date recently (or are curious about it), and 71 percent would be flattered and impressed if their crush asked them to go on a date in the morning. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 24 Jan. 2024 At the end of the second episode, Lizzie would get a text from her middle school crush, Ethan Craft. Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 The Bear star also got to meet her childhood crush Matthew Macfadyen! Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 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 22 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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