Crush - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |krʌʃ|  American pronunciation of the word crush
Brit.  |krʌʃ|  British pronunciation of the word crush


- leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
- a dense crowd of people (syn: jam, press)
- temporary love of an adolescent (syn: infatuation)
- the act of crushing (syn: crunch)


- come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority (syn: oppress, suppress)
- to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition (syn: mash, squash, squeeze, squelch)
crush an aluminum can
- come out better in a competition, race, or conflict (syn: beat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish)
- break into small pieces
The car crushed the toy
- humiliate or depress completely (syn: smash)
She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation
- crush or bruise (syn: jam)
- make ineffective (syn: break down)
- become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
The plastic bottle crushed against the wall

Extra examples

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.

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.

The party isn't a crush. I have only asked about thirty odd people.

It is common to make fun of schoolboy and schoolgirl "pashes" and "crushes".

Peel and crush the garlic.

Their vehicle was crushed by an army tank.

Her bonnet and dress were all crushed.

This material crushes easily.

Phrasal verbs

crush out  — extinguish by crushing

Word forms

I/you/we/they: crush
he/she/it: crushes
present participle: crushing
past tense: crushed
past participle: crushed
singular: crush
plural: crushes
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