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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to cause to become a pulpy mass
  • dark-colored grapes that will be crushed to make red wine

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2 to put a stop to (something) by the use of force
  • the government is doing everything to crush the latest guerrilla uprising

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3 to reduce to fine particles
  • crushed the baby's medicine tablet and mixed it with applesauce

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4 to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress
  • the terrible news of her death simply crushed the entire family

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5 to apply external pressure on so as to force out the juice or contents of
  • after crushing the grapes, let the skins soak in the juice in order to extract some color

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6 to fit (people or things) into a tight space
  • the desperate refugees were crushed into the back of the truck

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7 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • she tearfully crushed the child to her breast

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Synonyms of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a strong but often short-lived liking for another person
  • fondly remembers the crush that she had on a boy one summer long ago

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2 a great number of persons or creatures massed together
  • the huge crush in the store must have far exceeded safety limits

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Frequently Asked Questions About crush

How does the noun crush differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of crush are crowd, horde, mob, and throng. While all these words mean "an assembled multitude," crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort.

a crush of fans

When might crowd be a better fit than crush?

While the synonyms crowd and crush are close in meaning, crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together.

a crowd gathered

When is mob a more appropriate choice than crush?

The words mob and crush can be used in similar contexts, but mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence.

an angry mob

How do throng and horde relate to one another, in the sense of crush?

Both throng and horde suggest movement and pushing.

a throng of reporters

a horde of shoppers

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The first known use of crush was in the 15th century

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“Crush.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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