Definition of crush in English:

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Pronunciation: /krəSH/


[with object]
1Deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully: you can crush a pill between two spoons he was crushed to death by a subway train (as adjective crushed) the crushed remains of a Ford Bronco
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  • Fences and hedges put up by the council have been torn down, often within 24 hours of being installed, trees have been damaged and rare wildflowers crushed by wheels.
  • Remarkably nobody was passing by, no cars were crushed and nothing got damaged apart from one window sill getting chipped.
  • He is taken to hospital with massive head injuries and crushed legs which require immediate amputation to save his life.
squash, squeeze, press, compress;
pulp, mash, macerate, mangle;
flatten, trample on, tread on
informal smush, smoosh
pulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, crumble;
technical comminute
1.1Crease or crumple (cloth or paper): (as adjective crushed) crushed trousers and a crumpled jacket
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  • She looked at the crumpled ticket that was crushed in her hand.
  • He crushed the paper and threw it across the parking lot.
  • She asked, crushing one of the sheets of paper into a ball in frustration.
crease, crumple, rumple, wrinkle, crinkle, scrunch (up)
2(Of a government or state) violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion): the government had taken elaborate precautions to crush any resistance
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  • The April Uprising was crushed with great cruelty by the Ottoman Army.
  • When this news arrived in Paris on the last day of 1791, it seemed to confirm all that Brissot and his allies had been claiming about a league of despots determined to crush the Revolution.
  • He was then promoted to governor-general, where he asserted his authority, crushing rebellions and suppressing the slave trade.
suppress, put down, quell, quash, stamp out, put an end to, overcome, overpower, defeat, triumph over, break, repress, subdue, extinguish
3Bring about a feeling of overwhelming disappointment or embarrassment in (someone): his defeat crushed a lot of left-wing supporters (as adjective crushing) the news came as a crushing blow
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  • No angry parents or humiliating, embarrassing friends or disappointed, crushed twin sister.
  • But far from crushing him, the defeat tempered him and set him on course for the island's highest job.
  • With the pressure off and with nothing to lose he pulled off a great win which sent the French crowd home in almost as much shock as 12 months ago, after that crushing Davis Cup defeat.
mortify, humiliate, abash, chagrin, deflate, flatten, demoralize, squash;
devastate, shatter
informal shoot down in flames, knock the stuffing out of
4 (crush on) US informal Have a brief but intense infatuation for (someone): the girl I had been crushing on sat next to me
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  • David, their 12-year-old neighbor, has developed an innocent crush on the older sister.
  • Darcy was pre-eminently the sort of guy shy girls would have crushes on.
  • For years, Elaine had harbored a secret schoolgirl's crush on George.


1 [usually in singular] A crowd of people pressed closely together, especially in an enclosed space: a number of youngsters fainted in the crush
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  • Sadly, most people were caught in a mobile crush as crowds massed from one possible vantage point to another in search of York's secret firework display.
  • The news spread fast and the crowds became a crush within a few hours.
  • He stood on a banked terrace, leaning back against one of the stone walls which he supposed had been built to retain the crush of the crowd.
crowd, throng, horde, swarm, sea, mass, pack, press, mob
2 informal A brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate: she did have a crush on Dr. Russell
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  • Realizing that you're starting to have a crush on a friend can produce a whole new set of fears and considerations.
  • Or, worse yet, as Nadda feared she might end up having to ask, how can you casually ask a person if they might have a crush on their best friend?
  • I have a crush on a friend who is very near and dear to me.
infatuation, obsession, love, passion
informal puppy love
2.1A person with whom someone is infatuated: it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crush
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  • It didn't help that I was best friends with her crush; she thought I was competition.
  • A major blizzard has been predicted all week, but 15-year old Haley is more concerned about the movie date she has planned with her crush.
  • She was finally going to talk to her crush, Ryan Hanson.
3A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit: lemon crush
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  • Pour some orange and raspberry crush juice into lolly moulds.
  • Garvie's had bitter lemon crush, super bitter lemon crush and lemon crush.
  • I'll have a double espresso and a mango and passion fruit crush, please.



Example sentences
  • The car has been given a safety make-over, too, with crushable zones designed to absorb a collision in a controlled way and keeping the car's occupants safer, while side impact beams are fitted in the front and back doors.
  • These flowers combine every virtue, the portentous groan of brass, the blackish sheen of crimson: to the eye, the crushable texture of velvet, but to the fingertip, the bruise of baby skin.
  • Pedestrian safety has not been overlooked either: with the bonnet, engine cowl and front bumper having a crushable design.


Pronunciation: /ˈkrəSHər/
Example sentences
  • Mr Scott said his company needed to erect and build mills and crushers and other necessary equipment in readiness for the processing exercise.
  • Rock samples were pulverized using a heavy-duty hydraulic rock splitter, jaw crusher and swing mill.
  • This includes new storages, crushers, refineries and associated infrastructure.


Pronunciation: /ˈkrəSHiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • By now, everyone is media-savvy enough to know that these kind of shows are made in the editing - how crushingly boring they would be without the benefit of music, juxtapositions and constructed tension.
  • It eloquently exalts choice and then falls crushingly silent concerning what actions and ends are choiceworthy, leaving it perilously close to teaching that the choice is all.
  • Actually, the reason I overlooked you is because the leader/letters page that you nestle beneath is stuffed full of crushingly boring earnest sentiment, but that's neither here nor there.


Middle English: from Old French cruissir 'gnash (teeth) or crack', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with crush

ablush, blush, brush, flush, gush, hush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, slush, thrush, tush

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Syllabification: crush

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