- 1 [transitive] crush 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. See related entries: Preparing food
- 2 [transitive] crush somebody/something + adv./prep. to push or press somebody/something into a small space Over twenty prisoners were crushed into a small dark cell.
- 3 [transitive] crush something to break something into small pieces or into a powder by pressing hard Add two cloves of crushed garlic.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] crush (something) to become or make something full of folds or lines
- 5[transitive] crush somebody to use violent methods to defeat people who are opposing you synonym put down, quash The army was sent in to crush the rebellion.
- 6crush somebody to destroy somebody’s confidence or happiness She felt completely crushed by the teacher's criticism. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cruissir,
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BrE BrE//krʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//krʌʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crush
BrE BrE//krʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//krʌʃ//he / she / it crushes
BrE BrE//ˈkrʌʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌʃɪz//past simple crushed
BrE BrE//krʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//krʌʃt//past participle crushed
BrE BrE//krʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//krʌʃt//-ing form crushing
BrE BrE//ˈkrʌʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrʌʃɪŋ//Preparing food