crush

When you crush something, you break it into tiny pieces or crumple it. If you crush the cans in your recyclable bin, you'll make more room for more.

A train can crush a car that's stalled on the tracks, and a person can crush an insect between her fingers. A figurative meaning of crush is to subdue or stop, like when a military dictator's forces crush a rebel uprising. You can also use crush as a noun to mean "an overwhelming number," like a crush of bodies on a packed subway car, or to describe infatuation, like your crush on your attractive neighbor, who also can be called your crush.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: crush

1
vn
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
the act of crushing
2
v
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
3
v
make ineffective
4
n
leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
5
n
temporary love of an adolescent
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: crush
1

v to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

crush an aluminum can”
Synonyms:
mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
Types:
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wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
stamp
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
steamroller
crush with a steamroller as if to level
tread
crush as if by treading on
telescope
crush together or collapse
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v crush or bruise

Synonyms:
jam
Type of:
bruise, contuse
injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of

v break into small pieces

“The car crushed the toy”
Types:
bruise
break up into small pieces for food preparation
Type of:
break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
break or cause to break into pieces

v become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

“The plastic bottle crushed against the wall”
Type of:
break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
become separated into pieces or fragments

n the act of crushing

Synonyms:
compaction, crunch
Types:
grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization
the act of grinding to a powder or dust
Type of:
compressing, compression
applying pressure

n a dense crowd of people

Synonyms:
jam, press
Types:
snarl-up, traffic jam
a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move
gridlock
a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible
Type of:
crowd
a large number of things or people considered together
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v come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

Synonyms:
oppress, suppress
Types:
keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
put down by force or intimidation

v come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Synonyms:
beat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish
beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
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outpoint, outscore
score more points than one's opponents
walk over
beat easily
eliminate
remove from a contest or race
mop up, pip, rack up, whip, worst
defeat thoroughly
whomp
beat overwhelmingly
get the best, have the best, overcome
overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
rout, spread-eagle, spreadeagle
defeat disastrously
get the jump
be there first
cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
defeat someone through trickery or deceit
exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
be or do something to a greater degree
get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount
get on top of; deal with successfully
best, outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
get the better of
outfight
to fight better than; get the better of
overmaster, overpower, overwhelm
overcome by superior force
checkmate, mate
place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
immobilise, immobilize
make defenseless
outplay
excel or defeat in a game
bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
beat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach
beat through cleverness and wit
outgrow
grow faster than
outcry, outshout
shout louder than
outroar
roar louder than
outsail
sail faster or better than
outdraw
draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
outsell
sell more than others
outsell
be sold more often than other, similar products
outpace
surpass in speed
better, break
surpass in excellence
outshine
attract more attention and praise than others
outrange
have a greater range than (another gun)
outweigh
be heavier than
outbrave
be braver than
out-herod
surpass someone in cruelty or evil
outfox
outdo someone in trickery
shame
surpass or beat by a wide margin
bulldog
throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart
defeat by more skillful maneuvering
steamroll, steamroller
overwhelm by using great force
outmarch
march longer distances and for a longer time than
outwear
last longer than others
Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

v humiliate or depress completely

“She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation”
Synonyms:
demolish, smash
Type of:
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
3

v make ineffective

Synonyms:
break down
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
4

n leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated

Synonyms:
crushed leather
Type of:
leather
an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
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n temporary love of an adolescent

Synonyms:
calf love, infatuation, puppy love
Type of:
love
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
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