[ kruhsh ]
/ krʌʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become crushed.
to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.


Nearby words

  1. crusade,
  2. crusader,
  3. crusades,
  4. crusado,
  5. cruse,
  6. crush bar,
  7. crush barrier,
  8. crush syndrome,
  9. crush-resistant,
  10. crushed velvet

Origin of crush

1300–50; Middle English crus-chen < Middle French cruisir < Germanic; compare Old Swedish krusa, krosa, Middle Low German krossen to crush

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See break. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crush


/ (krʌʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)


Derived Formscrushable, adjectivecrushability, nouncrusher, noun

Word Origin for crush

C14: from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic kriustan to gnash; see crunch


vet science a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
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Word Origin and History for crush
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Idioms and Phrases with crush


see have a crush on.

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