\ 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 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



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 crush (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb


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

Synonyms for crush

Synonyms: Verb

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 Nobody would believe that Mr. Cuomo could both crush the state’s economy and author a public health disaster? James Freeman, WSJ, 17 June 2021 One of the highlights of a Monster Jam event, and something the Grave Digger truck is known for, is when the oversized vehicles crush cars laid out on the course. Greg Engle, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The chrome plated steel handle will churn the blades that crush up the ice. Chris Hachey, BGR, 9 June 2021 Manual laborers at Hoshine's Xinjiang facility are paid to crush silicon manually at a rate of 42 Chinese yuan (around $6.50) per ton, the report states. Clare Duffy, CNN, 14 May 2021 Kirigan deliberately brings Mal along for the ride to toss him overboard, as a symbolic sacrifice to scare the dignitaries — already too petrified of the Grisha to fight back — and crush Alina. Devon Maloney, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2021 Hocker crossed just ahead of Teare to win in 13 minutes, 19.98 seconds and crush the meet record set by Shadrack Biwott in 2009 of 13:36.35. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2021 And then crush baseballs through the rest of the season. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021 In other words: crush the rubes, then let the financiers play. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While further examining Cooper's bones, the team also found crush marks, suggesting that Cooper may have died from being trampled by other sauropods. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2021 Donny Morris, 19, was named by the office as being among the 45 people who died in the crush, along with Eliezer Zvi Yuzef, 26, and 22-year-old Menachem Knoblowitz, both from New York. NBC News, 2 May 2021 Two Canadians were also killed in the crush, according to a statement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Andrew Carey And Amir Tal, CNN, 2 May 2021 But the bill didn't get taken up in the crush of business before the House adjourned at midnight March 16. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 29 Mar. 2021 The video shows a phalanx of police behind Hodges trying to hold back the mob in the crush. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Elsewhere, on the Capitol grounds, one protester who collapsed in the crush of bodies was trampled by the mob. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2021 Engulfed in the crush of rioters storming the Capitol, D.C. police officer Jeffrey Smith sent his wife a text that spoke to the futility and fears of his mission. Peter Hermann, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Feb. 2021 The idea of an office in the West Wing was far more glamorous than the reality, a desk and a chair jammed against a basement wall in a general crush of staff. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021

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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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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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