- 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 extract by pressing or squeezing
Origin: Middle 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: I had a crush on her
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verb crushed, crush·ing, crush·es verb, transitive
- To press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure.
- To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
- To put down; subdue: crushed the rebellion.
- To overwhelm or oppress severely: spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.
- To crumple or rumple: crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
- To hug, especially with great force.
- To press upon, shove, or crowd.
- To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing: crush juice from a grape.
- Archaic To drink; quaff.
- To be or become crushed.
- To proceed or move by crowding or pressing.
- The act of crushing; extreme pressure.
- The state of being crushed.
- 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.b. One who is the object of such an infatuation.
- A decisive or critical moment or situation.
- The process of stamping or crushing grapes for wine.
Origin: Middle English crushen, from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin.
- crushˈa·ble adjective
- crushˈer noun
- crushˈproofˌ adjective