Definition of crush in English:

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Pronunciation: /krʌʃ/


[with object]
1Deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully: you can crush a pill between two spoons a labourer was crushed to death by a lorry (as adjective crushed) the crushed remains of a Ford Cortina
More example sentences
  • Then I want to pulverize those rocks by crushing each against the other, and that takes every last ounce of power and strength in my soul.
  • Paul crushes all of the pills and puts them into his mother's nightly milk.
  • As such they could be crushed and ground for use, like peppercorns, as well as pressed to make a juice.
squash, squeeze, press, compress;
pulp, mash, macerate, mangle;
flatten, trample on, tread on
informal squidge, splat
North American informal smush
pulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, shatter, crumble, crunch, splinter;
mill, pestle
technical triturate, comminute
archaic bray, levigate, powderize
rare kibble
1.1Crease or crumple (cloth or paper).
Example sentences
  • 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, ruck up;
British  scrumple up
British rare ruckle
2Violently 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, squash, stamp out, put an end to, put a stop to, overcome, overpower, defeat, extinguish, vanquish, triumph over, break, bring someone to their knees, repress, subdue
3Make (someone) feel overwhelmingly disappointed or embarrassed: I was crushed—was I not good enough? (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, demoralize, flatten, squash;
devastate, shatter
informal put down, shoot down in flames, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, put someone in their place, make someone eat humble pie, settle someone's hash, knock the stuffing out of
North American informal make someone eat crow


1 [usually in singular] A crowd of people pressed closely together: a number of youngsters fainted in the crush
More example sentences
  • 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, multitude, mob;
jam, congestion
archaic rout
2 informal A brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable: she did have a crush on Dr Russell
More example sentences
  • 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, passing fancy
informal pash, puppy love, calf love
rare mash
2.1A person with whom someone is infatuated: it turns out she thought you were flirting with her crush
More example sentences
  • 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.
3 [mass noun] A drink made from the juice of pressed fruit: lemon crush
More example sentences
  • 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.
squash, fruit juice, cordial, drink
4 (also crush pen) A fenced passage with one narrow end, used for handling cattle or sheep.
Example sentences
  • Alternatively the lambs should be sprayed in the crush pen.

Phrasal verbs

crush on

US informal Be infatuated with: he’s awesome, so it wasn’t too surprising that other girls were crushing on him
More example sentences
  • 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.



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: /ˈkrʌʃə/
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: /ˈkrʌʃɪŋli/
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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