\ 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

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 The moves against journalists triggered fears that Lukashenko may be planning harsh new measures to crush the peaceful protests, touched off by Lukashenko’s declaration of a landslide victory in Aug. 9 elections. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Belarus tightens grip on foreign media coverage as anti-government protests swell," 29 Aug. 2020 With two of his challengers in jail and a third in exile, opinion polls banned, independent observers barred and riot police poised to crush protests, Mr Lukashenko is certain to declare himself the winner, with a fat majority. The Economist, "Putin’s pal in peril The right way to get rid of President Alexander Lukashenko," 1 Aug. 2020 Multiple opposition political parties had already disbanded by Tuesday afternoon, with members fearing prosecution under the new offenses of subversion or secession, which are applied broadly in China to crush anti-government dissent. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong is about to be governed by a law most residents have never seen. And it's already having an effect," 30 June 2020 Below Venus's toxic clouds of sulfuric acid is an apocalyptic world, with temperatures hot enough to melt lead and pressures that could crush heavy machinery. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Model Suggests Toxic Transformation on Venus," 13 July 2020 Yes, hail can do this kind of damage, but bird strikes are much more common—remember the Miracle on the Hudson?—and have more of the qualities that could crush a nose cone. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Holy Moly, Look How a Bird Flattened This Plane's Nose Cone," 8 July 2020 To get the maximum effect of these natural mosquito repellent plants, crush herb leaves in your hands to release their perfume and essential oils, and then rub the leaves and their oils over your skin. Christopher Michel, Good Housekeeping, "8 Mosquito Repellent Plants to Keep Pests Away From Your Garden," 1 July 2020 But those job cuts are likely to crush consumer confidence in an economy where consumers account for 70% of spending. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado business confidence plummets on coronavirus concerns," 1 Apr. 2020 One after another, the fish emerge from their hiding spots and crush the foam flies with an alarming, thrilling splash. Meredith Erickson, Saveur, "Portland Chef Elias Cairo Is as Serious About Fishing as He Is Eating," 29 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a silly one, but like most of us, Jonathan insta-stalks his crush before going on dates with them. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "A Definitive Timeline of Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel's Romance," 2 Sep. 2020 The group saw a crush of evictions in June when a state moratorium lifted. John Simerman,, "'Swelling of evictions' predicted as coronavirus protections end, courts reopen after hurricanes," 28 Aug. 2020 The film follows a nerdy high school senior who embarks on a road trip with his friends to see their favorite band at the biggest music festival of the year in one last attempt to win over his crush. Lauren Huff,, "David Henrie talks flipping '80s rom-com tropes and teaming with Selena Gomez on This Is the Year," 27 Aug. 2020 Owners are working around the clock to fill a crush of orders. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, "Linking Allies to Action in the Heart of the Black-Bookstore Boom," 27 Aug. 2020 The book revolves around a young woman who winds up living with both her teenage crush and her teenage archnemesis. oregonlive, "Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day with these 25 (more or less) romances and romance authors," 15 Aug. 2020 Seven years ago, the Australian crooner sat down with Fuse to talk about his Welcome to Paradise tour, when he was asked who his celebrity crush is. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here's a Full Timeline of Miley Cyrus & Cody Simpson's Relationship," 14 Aug. 2020 Many ghosted on their bready crush, seeking fulfillment elsewhere. Paul Stephen,, "Sick of sourdough bread yet? 5 sourdough dishes beyond the basic loaf: empanadas, waffles, popovers, crepes and crackers," 12 Aug. 2020 This was it: my chance to get face time with my crush. Deena Elgenaidi, Longreads, "Infatuation," 10 Aug. 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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12 Sep 2020

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“Crush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 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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