Pronunciation Noun

crush (plural crushes)

  1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  2. Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd.
  3. A crowd that produces uncomfortable pressure.
    a crush at a reception
  4. A violent crowding.
  5. A crowd control barrier.
  6. A drink made by squeezing the juice out of fruit.
  7. (informal) An infatuation with somebody one is not dating.
    I've had a huge crush on her since we met many years ago.
    1. (informal, by extension) The human object of such infatuation or affection.
    • 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      It had taken nine years from the evening that Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
  8. A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling.
  9. (dated) A party or festive function.
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray chapter 1
      Two months ago I went to a crush at Lady Brandon's.
  10. (Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar, or the season when this process takes place.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: да́вка
  • Spanish: aplastamiento
  • Spanish: aplastamiento
Translations Translations Verb

crush (crushes, present participle crushing; past and past participle crushed)

  1. To press between two hard objects; to squeeze so as to alter the natural shape or integrity of it, or to force together into a mass.
    to crush grapes
    • 1769, Benjamin Blayney, King James Bible : Leviticus 22:24
      Ye shall not offer unto the LORD that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut
  2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding
    Synonyms: comminute
    to crush quartz
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 1
      With a wild scream he was upon her, tearing a great piece from her side with his mighty teeth, and striking her viciously upon her head and shoulders with a broken tree limb until her skull was crushed to a jelly.
  3. (figurative) To overwhelm by pressure or weight.
    After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
  4. To oppress or grievously burden.
  5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
    The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
  6. (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
    an eggshell crushes easily
  7. (intransitive) To feel infatuation or unrequited love.
    She's crushing on him.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: avoir le béguin
  • Italian: prendersi una cotta
  • Russian: влюбля́ться
  • Spanish: estar enamorado

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