verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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


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

Synonyms for crush

Synonym study

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

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Contemporary Examples of crushing

Historical Examples of crushing

  • The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He gloried in his knotted muscles and the crushing power of his desires.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He had leaned back in the chair and gathered his hat close to his breast, crushing it.

  • Yet she did not know that she was crushing out the germ which might have grown in his heart.

  • The accusing revelation that had come from Crane in the afternoon had been a crushing blow.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for crushing



verb (mainly tr)

to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
to put down or subdue, esp by forceto crush a rebellion
to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressingto crush the juice from a lemon
to oppress harshly
to hug or clasp tightlyhe crushed her to him
to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
(intr) to crowd; throng
(intr) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure


a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
the act of crushing; pressure
a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruitorange crush
  1. an infatuationshe had a crush on him
  2. the person with whom one is infatuated
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 crushing



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crushing


see have a crush on.

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