\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush

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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 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.
3 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
4a : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
b : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt
c : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.
d : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.
5 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator
6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : crash
2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.



Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of crushing
2 : the quantity of material crushed
3a : a crowding together (as of people)
b : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
4 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation

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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

Synonyms: Verb

mash, pulp, squash

Synonyms: Noun

infatuation, mash, passion

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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


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.


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

The contributions this young couple were making to a worthy cause seemed infinitely more important than the risk of being crushed under a slab of concrete. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 But for a Rust Belt city still smarting from the 2008 financial crisis, with crushing pension debt and a $3.7 million operating deficit, what a casino will do to lift it up remains to be seen. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "From Truck Stops to Elections, a River of Gambling Money Is Flooding Waukegan," 8 Aug. 2019 Israel’s success in crushing the Palestinians has relied on three things; the overwhelming support of the US political system, the military weakness of most Arab states, and the emergence of common threats against Israel and the Arabs. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 After being sold crushed aspirin instead of cocaine, officers allege that the Americans stole a backpack from the man. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Blindfolding Bay Area teen accused of killing officer ‘unacceptable,’ says Italian prosecutor — but interrogation is still valid," 31 July 2019 Megalodons had massive jaws with 20,000 pounds of crushing power, which Discovery Channel staff is demonstrating every hour on the hour by feeding a large costumed mannequin into the jaws for a crushing demonstration. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "No badge? No problem at mostly free Comic-Con outdoor events," 19 July 2019 Trout followed David Fletcher’s leadoff double by crushing a first-pitch sinker 454 feet to center for his 29th homer of the season. Mike Digiovanna,, "Angels throw combined no-hitter on night they honor Tyler Skaggs," 12 July 2019 Cochineal, created by crushing up Dactylopius coccus, a species of scale insect, is safe to handle and consume, but its safety is trumped in the minds of some by its animal origin. The Economist, "A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment," 11 July 2019 The Giants have secured a series victory in a very non-2109 way, by crushing the opponent with extra-base hits. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ bats go into overdrive for 3rd straight game — huge night for Evan Longoria," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hyland had been vocal about her not-so-secret crush on the podcast host since his time vying for JoJo Fletcher‘s heart on season 12 of The Bachelorette in 2016. Nick Maslow,, "Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams Show PDA at Teen Choice Awards 3 Weeks After Announcing Engagement," 11 Aug. 2019 Fashion > Celebrity Style A few weeks ago, someone asked me about my ultimate celebrity crush. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Why Daniel Day-Lewis Is My Ultimate Man Crush," 4 Dec. 2018 In the first few episodes, Jane gets artificially inseminated by her doctor and ends up being pregnant by her super-hot boss and ex-crush Rafael Solano. Lluvia Perez, Teen Vogue, "Jane the Virgin’s Impact On American Viewers and Latinx Storytelling," 1 Aug. 2019 Beer, wine, specialty cocktails and crushes as well as non-alcoholic beverages are available to quench any thirst., "Enter for a chance to win tickets for two to the Amps and Ales Festival at Maryland Live Sept.," 24 July 2019 The couplings were easy to connect tightly and proved to be crush resistant when run over with a truck. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 16 July 2019 Under siege for more than a year due to the REAL ID crush, the DMV has spent millions to ease incredibly long lines, pushed out its director, extended office hours and plans to hire hundreds of more workers. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Smiles, friendly chats and faster lines greet drivers at more DMV offices: Roadshow," 16 July 2019 But Peter has other plans, which center on MJ (Zendaya), an unrequited crush and a dramatic admission of his feelings atop the Eiffel Tower. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the best kind of superhero film," 2 July 2019 In Far From Home, that crush happens onscreen, between Tom Holland's Peter Parker and Zendaya's MJ. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp Has a Crush on Zendaya," 2 July 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 1

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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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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