Meaning of “crush” in the English Dictionary

"crush" in British English

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uk /krʌʃ/ us /krʌʃ/

crush verb (PRESS)

C2 [ T ] to press something very hard so that it is broken or its shape is destroyed:

The package had been badly crushed in the post.
Add three cloves of crushed garlic.
His arm was badly crushed in the car accident.

[ T ] mainly UK to press paper or cloth so that it becomes full of folds and is no longer flat:

My dress got all crushed in my suitcase.

[ T ] If people are crushed against other people or things, they are pressed against them:

Tragedy struck when several people were crushed to death in the crowd.

More examples

  • Use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the garlic.
  • Many people were crushed underfoot when the police tried to break up the demonstration.
  • Sugar is obtained by crushing and processing sugar cane.
  • He sat on top of Mum's hat and crushed it flat!
  • Try not to crush your jacket on the journey - hang it up in the back of the car.


uk /krʌʃ/ us /krʌʃ/

(Definition of “crush” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crush" in American English

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crushverb [ T ]

us /krʌʃ/

crush verb [ T ] (PRESS)

to press something very hard so that it is broken or its shape is destroyed:

The package got crushed in the mail.
Her car was crushed by a falling tree.

crush verb [ T ] (SHOCK)

to upset or shock someone badly:

I was crushed because I didn't complete the race.

crush verb [ T ] (DESTROY)

to defeat someone completely:

They'll stop at nothing to crush the opposition.


us /krʌʃ/

crush noun (ATTRACTION)

[ C ] infml a strong but temporary attraction for someone:

She had a crush on Matthew in sixth grade.

crush noun (PRESS)

[ U ] a crowd of people:

I can’t stand the crush of holiday shoppers at the mall.

(Definition of “crush” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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