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



    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
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  1. 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. 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. 3  [transitive] crush something to break something into small pieces or into a powder by pressing hard Add two cloves of crushed garlic.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] crush (something) to become or make something full of folds or lines
  5. 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.
  6. 6crush somebody to destroy somebody’s confidence or happiness She felt completely crushed by the teacher's criticism.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cruissir, ‘gnash (teeth) or crack’, of unknown origin.Extra examples Crush the biscuits finely before adding them to the mixture. Crush the garlic finely before adding. He was crushed beneath a bus. His hand was badly crushed in the accident. She was crushed against the wall. She was crushed between two cars. insects that had been crushed underfoot Attempts to crush serious popular unrest led to civil war. He always has this fantastic energy. Nothing can crush him. Over twenty prisoners were crushed into the small dark cell. She felt completely crushed by the teacher’s criticism. The government succeeded in crushing the military rising. Their new self-confidence could not be crushed.
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