crush

verb
\ 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

crush

noun

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

Verb

crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crushable (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb

Noun

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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Noun

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

However, two fields further down the form crushed me. oregonlive, "Opinion: A Portland father reflects on the sudden loss of his son," 11 Sep. 2019 However, two fields further down the form crushed me. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Tech Mogul & Doctor Wife Beg Others to Make Time for Their Kids After Son, 8, Dies in His Sleep," 9 Sep. 2019 The weight of miles’ worth of water should be crushing. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 The 46-year-old Portland Timbers and Thorns owner has absolutely crushed it with his successful soccer franchises. John Canzano, oregonlive.com, "John Canzano’s Top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports for 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 Preckwinkle can’t stand Lightfoot for crushing her in the mayoral election. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Father of teacher robbed in Lincoln Park questions $100 bond allowing alleged attacker to walk: ‘Is that all she’s worth to them?’," 16 Aug. 2019 In a wrenching documentary, a young mother tells the story of Syria’s resistance—and the forces that crushed it. Brian Stewart, National Review, "For Sama: A Chronicle of the Syrian Tragedy," 10 Aug. 2019 One of the horses fell over and crushed her to death, leaving John and his four children (Beth, Kayce, Jamie, and Lee) to pick up the pieces. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wednesday's 'Yellowstone' Shows John Dutton Getting Emotional About His Wife's Death," 6 Aug. 2019 Maikel Franco went to the plate as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning last night, turned on an 87-mph slider from Padres reliever Luis Perdomo, and crushed it off the facade of the second deck in left field at Petco Park. Scott Lauber, https://www.inquirer.com, "What should the Phillies do with Maikel Franco? | Extra Innings," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My new crush was a nice boy — tall, with kind eyes. Lauren Chval, Washington Post, "I thought he was just a rebound. He turned out to be my husband.," 26 Aug. 2019 Ben has a crush on Sylvia (Rebekah Johnson), the only black girl in his high school, while Van goes after the WASP country club set, particularly the blonde Dubbie (Carolyn Murphy). Armond White, National Review, "The Baltimore Culture Wars: A History," 31 July 2019 In Roswell, New Mexico, a girl discovers that her teenage crush is actually an alien who has kept his secret hidden his entire life. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "12 Shows Like "Stranger Things" You Should Make Your Next Binge-Watch," 12 July 2019 Appearing on The Talk to discuss the new show, Aniston revealed her secret crush on set was none other than The Office star, Carell. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Just Called Steve Carell a "Silver Fox" and We Totally Co-Sign," 15 June 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "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. baltimoresun.com, "Enter for a chance to win tickets for two to the Amps and Ales Festival at Maryland Live Sept.," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of crush

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

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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crush

verb

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

crush

noun

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

crush

verb
\ 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.

crush

noun

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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