Definition of smash verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    smash

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//smæʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smash
    BrE BrE//smæʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæʃ//
     
    he / she / it smashes
    BrE BrE//ˈsmæʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmæʃɪz//
     
    past simple smashed
    BrE BrE//smæʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæʃt//
     
    past participle smashed
    BrE BrE//smæʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//smæʃt//
     
    -ing form smashing
    BrE BrE//ˈsmæʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmæʃɪŋ//
     
    Motoring problems and accidents
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] smash (something) to break something, or to be broken, violently and noisily into many pieces Several windows had been smashed. He smashed the radio to pieces. The glass bowl smashed into a thousand pieces.
  2. hit very hard
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to move with a lot of force against something solid; to make something do this + adv./prep. the sound of waves smashing against the rocks The car smashed into a tree. smash something + adv./prep. Mark smashed his fist down on the desk. Synonymscrashslam collide smash wreckThese are all words that can be used when something, especially a vehicle, hits something else very hard and is damaged or destroyed.crash (rather informal) to hit an object or another vehicle, causing damage; to make a vehicle do this:I was terrified that the plane would crash.slam (something) into/​against somebody/​something to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this:The car skidded and slammed into a tree.collide (rather formal) (of two vehicles or people) to crash into each other; (of a vehicle or person) to crash into somebody/​something else:The car and the van collided head-on in thick fog.smash (rather informal) to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this; to crash a car:Ramraiders smashed a stolen car through the shop window.crash, slam or smash?Crash is used especially to talk about vehicles and can be used without a preposition:We’re going to crash, aren’t we? In this meaning slam and smash always take a preposition:We’re going to slam/​smash, aren’t we? They are used for a much wider range of things than just vehicles. Crash can also be used for other things, if used with a preposition:He crashed down the telephone receiver.wreck to crash a vehicle and damage it so badly that it is not worth repairingPatterns two vehicles crash/​collide two vehicles crash/​slam/​smash into each other to crash/​smash/​wreck a car
  4. 3  [transitive, intransitive] to hit something very hard and break it, in order to get through it smash something + adv./prep. They had to smash holes in the ice. The elephant smashed its way through the trees. smash something + adj. We had to smash the door open. + adv./prep. They had smashed through a glass door to get in.
  5. 4[transitive] smash something/somebody (+ adv./prep.) to hit something/somebody very hard synonym slam He smashed the ball into the goal.
  6. destroy/defeat
  7. 5[transitive] smash something/somebody to destroy, defeat or put an end to something/somebody Police say they have smashed a major drugs ring. She has smashed the world record (= broken it by a large amount).
  8. crash vehicle
  9. 6[transitive] smash something (up) to crash a vehicle He’s smashed (up) his new car. Synonymscrashslam collide smash wreckThese are all words that can be used when something, especially a vehicle, hits something else very hard and is damaged or destroyed.crash (rather informal) to hit an object or another vehicle, causing damage; to make a vehicle do this:I was terrified that the plane would crash.slam (something) into/​against somebody/​something to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this:The car skidded and slammed into a tree.collide (rather formal) (of two vehicles or people) to crash into each other; (of a vehicle or person) to crash into somebody/​something else:The car and the van collided head-on in thick fog.smash (rather informal) to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this; to crash a car:Ramraiders smashed a stolen car through the shop window.crash, slam or smash?Crash is used especially to talk about vehicles and can be used without a preposition:We’re going to crash, aren’t we? In this meaning slam and smash always take a preposition:We’re going to slam/​smash, aren’t we? They are used for a much wider range of things than just vehicles. Crash can also be used for other things, if used with a preposition:He crashed down the telephone receiver.wreck to crash a vehicle and damage it so badly that it is not worth repairingPatterns two vehicles crash/​collide two vehicles crash/​slam/​smash into each other to crash/​smash/​wreck a car See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  10. in tennis, etc.
  11. 7[transitive] smash something to hit a high ball downwards and very hard over the net
  12. Word Origin early 18th cent. (as a noun): probably imitative, representing a blend of words such as smack, smite with bash, mash, etc.Extra examples A bullet smashed into the wall behind them. His right hand was smashed and his shoulder dislocated. Ramraiders smashed a stolen car through the shop window. She flew into one of her rages and started smashing crockery. Phrasal Verbssmash somethingdownsmash somethinginsmash somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: smash