\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Would-be crush Cayden Decker, a white cross-country runner once coached by Yara’s mom, now manages a members-only fishing and hunting club with access to Lake Palmdale, where Campbell’s body was found. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 The even brings together young and old fans, who get to see which player will crush the most long balls out of the yard. Xl Media, cleveland, 18 July 2022 Pitchers express grudging amazement at his ability to crush offerings anywhere from his shoulders to his shoe tops. Alex Speier,, 18 July 2022 While most of the layoff news has come from tech companies, the mortgage industry, too, has been slashing away as higher interest rates crush mortgage volume. Katherine Huggins, Forbes, 15 July 2022 But after China’s Communist Party sent troops to crush pro-democracy demonstrations around Tiananmen Square in 1989, Mr. Koo turned against Beijing. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Milwaukee utilized a mixture of small ball and the long ball to crush starter Jose Berrios early in a 10-3 series win. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 26 June 2022 Chinese citizens are worried that Health Code, a government track-and-trace app for covid prevention, is becoming a surveillance tool for authorities to crush dissent. Jane Li, Quartz, 16 June 2022 The next pitch, a sinker, was in much the same location for Hunter Dozier to crush to the deepest part of Kauffman Stadium — and into Mullins’ leaping mitt. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When her younger sister and high-school crush get engaged, Sara must find out whether her alleged bad luck is the real culprit behind her misfortunes. Travis Bean, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 And yet, the tax debate may overshadow it all — and will likely come to define the last-minute crush lawmakers again find themselves in. Matt Stout,, 29 July 2022 One of the prompts, though, asked who JoJo's celebrity crush is. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 25 July 2022 Its tender evocations of the way a crush can turn someone else’s body into flint and tinder, an object of almost holy reverence, sing like a choir every time. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 Eddie Munson is the reason straight men use the words man crush. Lauren Pinnington, Glamour, 25 July 2022 To impress her office crush Colin (Dylan O’Brien), a callow pothead-turned-globe-trotting influencer with a grotty Pete Davidson-esque charisma, Danni concocts a phony invitation to a writers retreat in Paris. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 20 July 2022 This Norway spruce's branches are molded from real trees and are said to be crush-resistant. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 There are 10 speed settings on the blender and four pre-programmed options: soup, puree, ice crush and smoothie. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 See More

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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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\ 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, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

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