What does Crush mean?

Definitions for Crush

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Crush.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crushed leather, crushnoun

    leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated

  2. crush, jam, pressnoun

    a dense crowd of people

  3. puppy love, calf love, crush, infatuationnoun

    temporary love of an adolescent

  4. crush, crunch, compactionverb

    the act of crushing

  5. oppress, suppress, crushverb

    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

    "The government oppresses political activists"

  6. squash, crush, squelch, mash, squeezeverb

    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

    "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"

  7. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquishverb

    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

    "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

  8. crushverb

    break into small pieces

    "The car crushed the toy"

  9. crush, smash, demolishverb

    humiliate or depress completely

    "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"

  10. jam, crushverb

    crush or bruise

    "jam a toe"

  11. break down, crushverb

    make ineffective

    "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"

  12. crushverb

    become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

    "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"


  1. Crushverb

    to subdue or overwhelm (a person) by argument or a cutting remark; to cause (a person) to feel chagrin or humiliation; to squelch.


  1. crushnoun

    A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.

  2. crushnoun

    Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.

  3. crushnoun

    A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.

  4. crushnoun

    A violent crowding

  5. crushnoun

    A crowd control barrier

  6. crushnoun

    A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling

  7. crushnoun

    A party, festive function

  8. crushverb

    To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.

  9. crushverb

    To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.

    to crush quartz

  10. crushverb

    To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.

    After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections

  11. crushverb

    To oppress or burden grievously.

    The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily

  12. crushverb

    To overcome completely; to subdue totally.

  13. crushverb

    To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force

    an eggshell crushes easily

  14. crushverb

    To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.

    She's crushing on him.

  15. crushverb

    to defeat emphatically

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crushnoun

    A collision.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
    Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
    The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To CRUSHverb

    Etymology: ecraser, French.

    You speak him far. ————
    ———— I don’t extend him, sir: within himself
    Crush him together, rather than unfold
    His measure fully. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The ass thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. Num. xxii. 25.

    Bacchus that first, from out the purple grape,
    Crush’d the sweet poison of misused wine. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I fought and fell like one, but death deceiv’d me:
    I wanted weight of feeble Moors upon me,
    To crush my soul out. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    When loud winds from diff’rent quarters rush,
    Vast clouds encount’ring, one another crush. Edmund Waller.

    Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,
    That they may crush down, with a heavy fall,
    Th’ usurping helmets of our adversaries! William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    The sad weight of such ingratitude
    Will crush me into earth.
    Vain is the force of man, and heav’n’s as vain,
    To crush the pillars which the pile sustain. John Dryden, Æn.

    They use them to plague their enemies, or to oppress and crush some of their own too stubborn freeholders. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Mine emulation
    Hath not that honour in’t it had; for
    I thought to crush him in an equal force,
    True sword to sword. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    This act
    Shall bruise the head of Satan, crush his strength,
    Defeating sin and death, his two main arms. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    What can that man fear, who takes care to please a Being that is so able to crush all his adversaries? a Being that can divert any misfortune from befalling him, or turn any such misfortune to his advantage? Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 107.

  3. To Crushverb

    To be condensed; to come in a close body.

    Poverty, cold wind, and crushing rain,
    Beat keen and heavy on thy tender years. James Thomson, Autumn.


  1. Crush

    Crush is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, released as the third single from their album Before These Crowded Streets. As a single, it reached #11 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #20 on the Adult Top 40. As the album version is over eight minutes in length, the song time was cut almost in half for radio airplay. The song was almost omitted from Before These Crowded Streets as the band struggled with it in the studio until bassist Stefan Lessard came up with the opening bass line that set the tone of the song for the rest of the band. The song debuted live on April 18, 1998, ten days before its album release. The song's initial performance lasted around 11 minutes, slightly longer than its album version, and remained in that fashion in performances up to the present day. Currently, "Crush" has been played live by the band over 500 times and remains popular on the band's setlists today. "Crush" is a rock ballad that blends the elements of jazz and blues music. The song is dedicated to Ashley Harper, Dave Matthews' wife, and the lyrics express a man's passion for his lover.


  1. crush

    A crush is an intense and often fleeting infatuation with someone, typically someone who is unattainable or unaware of the admirer's feelings. This term can also refer to the act of pressing or squeezing something with force in order to break or deform it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crushverb

    to press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes

  2. Crushverb

    to reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz

  3. Crushverb

    to overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight

  4. Crushverb

    to oppress or burden grievously

  5. Crushverb

    to overcome completely; to subdue totally

  6. Crushverb

    to be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily

  7. Crushnoun

    a violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin

  8. Crushnoun

    violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a peception

  9. Etymology: [OE. cruschen, crousshen, Of. cruisir, croissir, fr. LL. cruscire, prob. of Ger. origin, from a derivative of the word seen in Goth. kruistan to gnash; akin to Sw. krysta to squeeze, Dan. kryste, Icel. kreysta.]


  1. Crush

    Crush is Bon Jovi's seventh studio album, released on June 13, 2000 through Island Records. It was their first studio album since These Days in 1995. The album was produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Commercially, Crush became an international success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple territories. The album was certified double platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album helped introduce the band to a new generation of fans. Crush was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Three singles were released from the album internationally: "It's My Life", "Say It Isn't So" and "Thank You For Loving Me", as well as a new, updated rendition of "One Wild Night" released a year later with the live album One Wild Night Live 1985–2001. "It's My Life" became one of the band's most well-known songs, and one of their most successful singles, reaching number one in several countries and becoming the third best selling single of 2000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crush

    krush, v.t. to break or bruise: to squeeze together: to beat down or overwhelm: to subdue: to ruin.—v.i. to become broken under pressure.—n. a violet squeezing: a vast crowd of persons or things.—adj. Crushed, broken by pressure: subdued: oppressed.—ns. Crush′er, he who, or that which, crushes or subdues: (slang) a policeman; Crush′-hat, a hat so constructed as to collapse and become flat: an opera-hat.—adj. Crush′ing, bruising: overwhelming.—adv. Crush′ingly.—n. Crush′-room, a room in a theatre, &c., where the audience may promenade during the intervals of the entertainment.—Crush a cup, to empty a cup: to quaff.—Crushed strawberry, of the colour of strawberries that have been crushed. [O. Fr. croissir; per. cog. with Mid. High Ger. krosen, to crunch.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Crush

    (Noun) INFORMAL a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable.

    "she did have a crush on Eddie"

    Submitted by Correction on April 12, 2021  

  2. Crush

    One sided love. Generally temporary and dies with time.

    I have a crush on my teacher. She is so good looking.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 12, 2019  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CRUSH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crush is ranked #58337 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crush surname appeared 348 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Crush.

    93.1% or 324 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Crush' in Verbs Frequency: #970

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crush in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Crush in a Sentence

  1. Paul Wertheimer:

    Conventional wisdom says take the closest exit, but that doesn't always work at concerts because that's where the crush is. You want to know where all exits are because exits farther away may be better. You don't want to follow the crowd surge going one route.

  2. Lawrence Jones:

    The speakers that go out here and crush it end up becoming the next leaders of the movement, and they're looking for that right now, there's a hunger for that next leader.

  3. Franklin P. Jones:

    The quickest and shortest way to crush whatever laurels you have won is for you to rest on them.

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    I think Unvaccinated Covid-19 patients have enough of the percentage of people in the country, not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow Unvaccinated Covid-19 patients to get into the situation Unvaccinated Covid-19 patients were in last winter.

  5. Jesse Watters:

    The guy ran on crushing the virus, said Trump didn't crush it, and then declared this summer that he crushed it, and now you have two successive waves and people don't think you're credible.

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Translations for Crush

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  • سحقArabic
  • увлечение, смачквам, смачкване, съкрушавам, потискам, раздробявамBulgarian
  • drtit, rozdrtit, rozbítCzech
  • SchwarmGerman
  • tu, toEwe
  • aplastamientoSpanish
  • olla pihkassa, puristus, rusentaa, murskautua, nujertaa, liiskata, ihastus, jauhaa, murskaus, musertua, hienontaa, musertaa, murskataFinnish
  • béguin, écrabouiller, écraser, amourette, concasser, barricade, avoir le béguin, s'écraserFrench
  • pronnScottish Gaelic
  • הידלקות, מחץHebrew
  • cotta, ressa, calca, prendersi una cottaItalian
  • לִמְחוֹץHebrew
  • ときめきJapanese
  • korotē, whēkeMāori
  • pletten, vergruizelen, vermorzelen, vermalen, overweldigen, verpletteren, dranghek, stormloop, overrompeling, bevlieging, verdrukkenDutch
  • knuse, sammentrykke, sammenpresse, finknuse, knusesNorwegian
  • choque, colisão, moer, paixonite, dominar, amassar, triturar, esmagar, pulverizar, esmigalhar, subjugar, vencerPortuguese
  • chanqayQuechua
  • pulveriza, măcinaRomanian
  • дроби́ть, разда́вливание, увлече́ние, пы́лкая любо́вь, дави́ть, подавля́ть, влюбляться, разда́вливать, да́вка, влюбленностьRussian
  • zatreskanostSerbo-Croatian
  • mala, trängsel, krossa, förälskelseSwedish
  • ஈர்ப்புTamil
  • ezmeTurkish
  • کچلنےUrdu

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    A flabby
    B motile
    C commensal
    D currish

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