- The definition of a crush is a temporary infatuation with another person.
An example of crush is two elementary school kids being boyfriend and girlfriend.
- To crush is defined as to press hard enough to injure, break into small pieces or beat down emotionally.
- An example of to crush is opening an almond with a nut cracker.
- An example of to crush is a father telling his son he'll never amount to anything.
- to press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple
- to press, grind, or pound into small particles or into powder
- to subdue or suppress by or as by force; overwhelm
- to oppress harshly
- to force out or extract by pressing or squeezing
Origin of crushMiddle English crushen from Old French croisir, to gnash (teeth), crash, break from Frankish an unverified form krostjan, to gnash; akin to OSwed krysta, Gothic kriustan
- to be or become crushed
- to press forward; crowd (into, against, etc.)
- a crushing; severe pressure
- a crowded mass, esp. of people
- Informal an infatuation: often in the phrase have a crush on, to be infatuated with
verbcrushed, crush·ing, crush·es
- a. To press between opposing bodies so as to break, compress, or injure: The falling rock crushed the car.b. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
- a. To put down with force; subdue: The regime crushed the rebellion.b. To overwhelm or oppress severely: spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.c. To defeat overwhelmingly: Our team was crushed in the playoffs.
- To crumple or rumple: crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
- To hug, especially with great force.
- To hit or propel with great force: a swing of the bat that crushed a fastball over the wall.
- To press upon, shove, or crowd.
- To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing: crush juice from a grape.
- To be or become crushed: Aluminum cans crush easily.
- To proceed or move by crowding or pressing: The fans crushed forward to get a glimpse of the movie star.
- The act of crushing or the pressure involved in crushing: matter superheated by the crush of gravity around black holes.
- A great crowd: a crush of spectators.
- A substance prepared by or as if by crushing, especially a fruit drink: orange crush.
- Informal a. A usually temporary infatuation: had a crush on her friend's cousin.b. One who is the object of such an infatuation.
Origin of crushMiddle English crushen from Old French croissir of Germanic origin
- A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
- Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
- A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.
- A violent crowding
- A crowd control barrier
- A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling
- A party, festive function
- (Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar. The season that this process takes place in.
(third-person singular simple present crushes, present participle crushing, simple past and past participle crushed)
- To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
- to crush grapes
- Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, crushed, broken or cut. --Lev. xxii.
- To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
- to crush quartz
- To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
- After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
- To oppress or burden grievously.
- To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
- The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
- (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
- an eggshell crushes easily
- To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
- She's crushing on him.
- (sports) to defeat emphatically
From Middle English cruschen, crousshen, Old French cruisir, croissir, from Late Latin *cruscio, from Frankish *krostjan. Akin to Gothic (kruistan, “to gnash”), Old Swedish krusa, krosa "to crush", Middle Low German krossen (“to break”), Swedish krysta (“to squeeze”), Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta.