\ 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 One recent study calculated that cars crush about 200 million birds and 30 million mammals in Europe every year; in the United States, the toll has been estimated, albeit imprecisely, at more than 1 million each day. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic-Driven Rise in Animals Crossing," 6 July 2020 The US Senate unanimously approved a final version of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, a bill that would punish China for moves that lawmakers fear will crush democratic freedoms in Hong Kong. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for July 3: Coronavirus, economy, China, Khashoggi, Epstein," 3 July 2020 And California, despite stubbornly high case counts, is in less immediate trouble than some other states, such as Florida, Texas and Arizona, where outbreaks are starting to crush hospitals. Erin Allday,, "Coronavirus cases climb, Bay Area counties pause reopening," 29 June 2020 This claim—which has been largely discredited, including in the Times’ own pages—was the basis for Cotton’s argument that President Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act and use the U.S. military to crush dissidents by force. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Tom Cotton Op-Ed and the Tired Old “Snowflake” Defense," 10 June 2020 We cannot be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and crush the life out of another. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Faith leaders in metro Detroit call for justice and peace," 2 June 2020 Put the Ruffles in a sealable plastic bag and crush them with your hands into small pieces., "Recipe: Smoked Pork Loin with Ruffles Potato Chips and Onion Dip," 29 June 2020 The objective is, of course, to crush diversity of expression. WSJ, "Modern Jacobins Should Remember the Past," 26 June 2020 But the idea of using the military to crush protests used to seem deviant, too. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why Are Some Journalists Afraid of “Moral Clarity”?," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the uncertainty of the pandemic, Oscar and Elle’s mostly platonic friendship becomes increasingly complicated as Oscar’s latest online date progresses toward relationship territory just as Elle’s neighborly crush starts to blossom. Samantha Highfill,, "Freeform's Love in the Time of Corona announces cast and start of production," 29 June 2020 Others decided to cross this time because Mexican hospitals were overwhelmed by a crush of coronavirus cases. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "People with coronavirus are crossing the US-Mexico border for medical care," 29 June 2020 The March crush sent elderly patients to the hospital, but the new wave of patients are younger, between 18 and 40. Washington Post, "Reopening reverses course in Texas and Florida as coronavirus cases spike," 27 June 2020 Authorities around the state expect a crush of visitors at parks and outdoor areas. David Ferry,, "Everything you need to know about camping in California this summer," 25 June 2020 What starts as a one-off exchange turns into an ongoing correspondence, with Simon guiding Victor through problems at home, a confusing relationship with cool girl Mia (Rachel Hilson), his and crush on sensitive barista Benji (George Sear). Lydia Wang,, "Meet The Love, Victor Cast, Aka Your New Faves," 17 June 2020 But starting in mid-March, Target gave a temporary $2 wage bump to part-time and full-time workers as a reward for working under the crush of orders from stay-at-home shoppers., "Netflix’s Hastings donates $120m to fund Black education efforts," 18 June 2020 In a sign of what could happen nationally, Virginia has seen a crush of proceedings since eviction hearings resumed May 18. CBS News, "Cash-strapped renters face eviction despite coronavirus moratoriums," 15 June 2020 Despite the crush of dizzying events, the world keeps spinning. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Lilly begins studying RA drug for Covid-19; AstraZeneca to provide Europe 400 million vaccine doses," 15 June 2020

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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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14 Jul 2020

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“Crush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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