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Definition of crush verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crush
    he / she / it crushes
    past simple crushed
    -ing form crushing
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  1. 1crush somebody/something to press or squeeze something so hard that it is damaged or injured, or loses its shape The car was completely crushed under the truck. They crush the olives with a heavy wooden press. Several people were crushed to death in the accident.
  2. 2crush somebody/something + adv./prep. to push or press someone or something into a small space Over twenty prisoners were crushed into a small dark cell.
  3. 3crush something to break something into small pieces or into a powder by pressing hard Add two cloves of crushed garlic.
  4. 4crush something to become or make something full of folds or lines
  5. 5crush somebody to use violent methods to defeat people who are opposing you synonym quash The army was sent in to crush the rebellion.
  6. 6crush somebody to destroy someone's confidence or happiness She felt completely crushed by the teacher's criticism.
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