smash Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “smash” in the English Dictionary

"smash" in British English

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smash verb (BREAK NOISILY)

B2 [I or T] to ​cause something to ​breaknoisily into a lot of ​smallpieces: Rioters ​ran through the ​city, smashing windows and ​lootingshops. She ​dropped her ​cup and ​watched it smash to ​pieces/to ​smithereens on the ​stonefloor.
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smash verb (MOVE FORCEFULLY)

[I or T, + adv/prep] to ​cause something to ​move with ​greatforce against something hard, usually ​causingdamage or ​injury: Several ​boats were smashed against the ​rocks during the ​storm. He ​tried to smash the ​door down to get to me. The ​car was ​travelling very ​fast when it smashed into the ​tree. He ​threatened to smash my ​face in if I didn't give him the ​money. [I or T] in ​tennis or volleyball, to ​hit the ​ball down towards the ​groundquickly and ​forcefully

smash verb (DEFEAT)

[T] to ​defeat someone or to ​destroy something ​completely: The country's ​government said it would do whatever was ​necessary to smash the ​rebellion.

smash verb (DO BETTER)

[T] to do much ​better than the ​best or ​fastestresultrecordedpreviously: Petersen smashed the 400 ​metresrecord by over ​half a second.
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uk   us   /smæʃ/

smash noun (NOISE)

[S] the ​sound of something being smashed: I was ​woken by the smash of ​glass. [C] the ​sound of something smashing against something: The ​carscollided with a ​loud smash.

smash noun (ACCIDENT)

[C] (UK also smash-up) a ​road or ​trainaccident

smash noun (TENNIS)

[C] in ​tennis or volleyball, a ​powerfuldownwardhit that ​sends the ​ballforcefully over the ​net


[C] an ​extremelypopular and ​successfulsong, ​play, or ​film: This CD ​contains all the ​latest smash hits. Her first ​movie was an ​international box-office smash.
(Definition of smash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smash" in American English

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 us   /smæʃ/

smash verb (BREAK)

[I/T] to ​break into ​smallpieces, esp. by ​hitting or ​throwing: [T] Some ​kids smashed her ​bedroomwindow. [I] Her ​cupfell and smashed to ​pieces on the ​stonefloor. [M] Police had to smash the ​door down to get into the ​house. [M] The ​bandreportedly smashed up ​theirhotelroom.

smash verb (HIT)

[I/T] to ​hit or move with ​force against something hard, usually causing ​damage or ​injury: [T] She smashed her ​rightknee in the ​accident. [I] His ​carflipped over and smashed into a ​tree.

smash verb (DESTROY)

[T] to ​defeat or ​destroycompletely: The ​government smashed the ​rebellion.


 us   /smæʃ/

smash noun (BREAK)

[U] the ​sound of something ​breaking into ​smallpieces: I ​heard a smash and ​glassbreaking.

smash noun (HIT BALL)

[C] a ​forcefullyhitball: Robinson ​hit a smash to my ​left.
(Definition of smash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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