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crush

[kruhsh]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
  2. to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
  3. to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract: to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
  4. to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
  5. to smooth or flatten by pressure: to crush leather.
  6. to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly: He crushed her in his arms.
  7. to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly: to crush a revolt.
  8. to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
  9. to oppress grievously.
  10. Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become crushed.
  2. to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
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noun
  1. the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
  2. a great crowd: a crush of shoppers.
  3. Informal.
    1. an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
    2. the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
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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 formscrush·a·ble, adjectivecrush·a·bil·i·ty, nouncrush·a·bly, adverbcrush·er, nounun·crush·a·ble, adjectiveun·crushed, adjectivewell-crushed, adjective

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2. See break.
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Related Words

crumble, beat, bruise, squash, mash, break, trample, squeeze, demolish, annihilate, subdue, wreck, suppress, ruin, overpower, overwhelm, quell, kill, defeat, squelch

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crush1

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
  2. to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
  3. to put down or subdue, esp by forceto crush a rebellion
  4. to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressingto crush the juice from a lemon
  5. to oppress harshly
  6. to hug or clasp tightlyhe crushed her to him
  7. to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
  8. (intr) to crowd; throng
  9. (intr) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
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noun
  1. a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
  2. the act of crushing; pressure
  3. a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruitorange crush
  4. informal
    1. an infatuationshe had a crush on him
    2. the person with whom one is infatuated
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Derived Formscrushable, adjectivecrushability, nouncrusher, noun

Word Origin

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

crush2

noun
  1. 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 crushed

crush

v.

mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.

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crush

n.

1590s, "act of crushing," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crushed

crush

see have a crush on.

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