\ 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 : 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

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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 The latest shortage is another painful reminder that the U.S. has yet to successfully manage its COVID-19 testing arsenal, let alone deploy it in the type of systematic way needed to quickly crush outbreaks in schools, workplaces and communities. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 The latest shortage is another painful reminder that the U.S. has yet to successfully manage its COVID-19 testing arsenal, let alone deploy it in the type of systematic way needed to quickly crush outbreaks in schools, workplaces and communities. Matthew Perrone, Chron, 21 Sep. 2021 Ta Kung Pao’s influence illustrates the instruments Beijing uses to pursue its opponents, working in close concert with lawmakers, the police, and other Hong Kong authorities to crush dissent. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, the Soviet Union sent troops and tanks to crush the rebellion, and Mr. Vizinczey barely escaped with his life. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Myanmar’s military has sought to crush these resistance movements, including with horrific violations of human rights. Emily Fishbein, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2021 On Friday night, the Taliban pushed farther into the Panjshir Valley in an effort to crush resistance led by Ahmad Massoud, son of legendary resistance commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, who held off the Taliban 25 years ago. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2021 About that: What the right-handed hitting Peters must do is crush lefties. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 28 Aug. 2021 In India, blended whiskies like Officer’s Choice and McDowell’s crush the competition. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a tense encounter at school, one of these letters ends up in the hands of another troubled senior, a boy Evan hardly knows even though Evan has been nursing a crush on the boy’s sister for what feels to Evan like forever. Michael Phillips,, 22 Sep. 2021 Even worse, Princess’s orange crush Mercer arrives and shuts down the operation. Richard Rys, Vulture, 19 Sep. 2021 At the heart of the GX90, there’s a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core CPU that has all the muscle power to handle heavy data throughput and crush lag. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Brown breaks down key looks from the film for the lead character and for Kaitlyn Dever’s Zoe, Evan’s longtime crush. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Or sister or co-worker or crush or grandma or guy from the grocery store or just about anyone else. Courtney Shea,, 9 Sep. 2021 This was the case with Dirty & Rowdy, which produced its wines in a custom-crush facility and bought fruit from vineyards owned by other people. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Eager to hold off a media crush, officials announced there would be no pregame news conference or post-event interview. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 And the only autopsy that was done also made no mention of crush syndrome. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 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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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, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

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