When you crush something, you break it into tiny pieces or crumple it. If you crush the cans in your recycling 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.

Definitions of crush
  1. verb
    compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    crush an aluminum can”
    synonyms: mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
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    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
    crush with a steamroller as if to level
    crush as if by treading on
    crush together or collapse
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    exert pressure or force to or upon
  2. verb
    crush or bruise
    synonyms: jam
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    bruise, contuse
    injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of
  3. verb
    break into small pieces
    “The car crushed the toy”
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    break up into small pieces for food preparation
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    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  4. verb
    become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
    “The plastic bottle crushed against the wall”
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    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
  5. noun
    the act of crushing
    synonyms: compaction, crunch
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    grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization
    the act of grinding to a powder or dust
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    compressing, compression
    applying pressure
  6. noun
    a dense crowd of people
    synonyms: jam, press
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    snarl-up, traffic jam
    a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move
    a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible
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    a large number of things or people considered together
  7. verb
    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
    synonyms: oppress, suppress
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    keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
    put down by force or intimidation
  8. verb
    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
    remove from a contest or race
    mop up, pip, rack up, whip, worst
    defeat thoroughly
    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
    conquer, get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    best, outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
    get the better of
    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
    excel or defeat in a game
    annihilate, 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
    grow faster than
    outcry, outshout
    shout louder than
    roar louder than
    sail faster or better than
    draw a gun faster, or best someone in a gunfight
    sell more than others
    be sold more often than other, similar products
    surpass in speed
    better, break
    surpass in excellence
    attract more attention and praise than others
    have a greater range than (another gun)
    be heavier than
    be braver than
    surpass someone in cruelty or evil
    outdo someone in trickery
    surpass or beat by a wide margin
    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
    march longer distances and for a longer time than
    last longer than others
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    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
  9. verb
    humiliate or depress completely
    “She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation”
    synonyms: demolish, smash
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    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
  10. verb
    make ineffective
    synonyms: break down
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  11. noun
    leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
    synonyms: crushed leather
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    an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  12. noun
    temporary love of an adolescent
    synonyms: calf love, infatuation, puppy love
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    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
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