\ 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

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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 If the coronavirus crushes property values and office rents, London might become a little less offputting. The Economist, "Peak capital London may have gone into a covid-accelerated decline," 23 May 2020 The new measures are similar but distinct from those Brown used to initially determine that 31 of 36 counties could reopen amid the pandemic that has crushed Oregon’s economy. oregonlive, "Half of Oregon counties facing coronavirus warning signs, state report shows," 22 May 2020 The risk is a return of a full-scale trade war, except this time the battle would be waged during a pandemic that is already crushing the world economy. Matt Egan, CNN, "Here comes the US crackdown on China stocks," 21 May 2020 Ohio State has crushed the Wolverines' playoff hopes twice in Harbaugh's tenure, first in 2016 with a 30-27 double-overtime win in Columbus and then in 2018 with a 62-39 shellacking. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh: 'Nothing makes us angrier' than losing to Ohio State," 20 May 2020 With Wuhan’s economy crushed by the virus, the government’s priority is on getting people back to work, and those returning to their jobs will see greater freedom of movement., "Residents Rush Trains, Take to Highways as Wuhan Lifts Lockdown," 19 May 2020 As a result, the obviously overwrought profit forecast hoisted the denominator, just as the 34% drop in prices was crushing the numerator. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The Fed’s economists are worried that stock prices are inflated—and they are right," 18 May 2020 Profit margins were already thin in the industry before the processing plants slowed production and crushed the value of cattle. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Why millions of pigs are being euthanized," 14 May 2020 It’s time for the NCAA to change the rules of engagement, of enforcement, and crush those who actually break these rules. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Rick Pitino skates -- again -- while Louisville sweats in broken NCAA justice system," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The younger sister of Devi’s crush Paxton Hall-Yoshida has Down syndrome. Katie Musgrave,, "Never Have I Ever Felt So Insulted: Mindy Kaling’s New Show Is Great — Unless You’re Fat," 20 May 2020 Kroger recently added more than 100,000 employees to its workforce of more than 460,000 amid a nationwide crush of supermarket shopping. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Kroger retracts demand that workers return extra COVID-19 pay," 20 May 2020 Many Ventura and Orange county beaches are open, but officials wary of a crush of visitors have urged outsiders not to visit. Los Angeles Times, "Some beaches are open during the heat wave. But coronavirus rules apply," 25 Apr. 2020 His efforts to support fans in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at an FA Cup semifinal, were also widely praised. CNN, "Kenny Dalglish released from hospital after positive coronavirus test," 12 Apr. 2020 Many people who have lost jobs in recent days have been unable to file for unemployment aid because state websites and phone systems have been overwhelmed by a crush of applicants and have frozen up. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Safety net? Record 3.3 million people seek unemployment benefits," 26 Mar. 2020 It was also seen as a reflection of a chaotic crush of people seeking treatment and the struggle to keep up with a backlog of untested samples. Yanan Wang,, "Virus cases surge after China revises way count is tallied," 13 Feb. 2020 Professional unions have threatened strikes to protest the government’s handling of the crisis, amid fear among the public of a looming crush of mainland visitors seeking medical resources. Joyu Wang, WSJ, "Coronavirus Hits Hong Kong as Economy Reels From Protests," 27 Jan. 2020 The warning about the agency's inability to face a future crush of applications during a disaster was prescient. Author: Aaron Gregg, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Small Business Administration slashes disaster-loan limit, shuts out nearly all new applicants," 7 May 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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25 May 2020

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“Crush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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