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crush (break)

Definition:

to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

crushed

Present participle:

crushing

3rd-person singular present:

crushes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

The plastic bottle crushed against the wall

Etymology:

Old French cruissir (Mod.French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of crush...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Crush [disambiguation]

may refer to: Crush (American band), a band on Atlantic Records from 1991 to 1993 | Crush (British band), a band featuring Jayni Hoy and Donna Air from the television series Byker Grove | Crush (Canadian band), a band from Newfoundland, Canada | Crush... (41 of 776 words, 69 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

crush | throng [synonym, sense-specific] | pressure [synonym, sense-specific] | crushable [adjective, derived]

to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc | to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles | to put down or subdue, ... (27 of 685 words, 15 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

crush [entry 1, verb] | hug [synonym, sense-specific] | crowd [synonym, sense-specific] | drink [synonym, sense-specific] | embrace [synonym, sense-specific] | push [synonym, sense-specific] | crash [synonym, sense-specific] | mash [synonym, sense-specific] | pulp [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure ; to squeeze together into a mass | "hug", "embrace" | to reduce to particles by ... (27 of 253 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crush

crush [entry 2, noun] | crowd [synonym, sense-specific] | mob [synonym, sense-specific] | infatuation [synonym, sense-specific] | mash [synonym, sense-specific] | passion [synonym, sense-specific] | fixation [similar, sense-specific] | obsession [similar, sense-specific] | affection [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an act of crushing | the quantity of material crushed | a crowding together (as of people) ; "crowd", "mob" ; especially, a crowd of people pressing ... (25 of 142 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

crush | crush pen | crush on | smush [transitive, North American, informal] | crushable [derived] | crusher [derived] | crushingly [derived]

deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully | crease or crumple (cloth or paper). | violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion) | ... (20 of 233 words, 10 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | destruction [synonym, sense-specific] | ruin [synonym, sense-specific]

A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin. | Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception. | A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this ... (39 of 211 words, 15 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

crush | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | crushes [3rd-person singular present] | crushable [adjective, related] | crusher [noun, related] | crushproof [adjective, related]

To press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure. | To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder. | ... (26 of 190 words, 19 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

crush | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | crushes [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to hit or press something so hard that you damage it severely ... | [transitive] to completely defeat someone who is opposing you, ... (23 of 179 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crush

crush [noun] | crushes [plural]

[singular] a crowd of people all extremely close together in an area that is too small for them | [countable, informal] a feeling of love and ... (25 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

crush

to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms. | to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc. | to force out ... (27 of 170 words, 15 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/crush

New World Dictionary:

crush | crushable [adjective, related] | crusher [noun, related]

to press between two opposing forces so as to break or injure; put out of shape or condition by pressure; squeeze together; crumple | to press, grind, ... (26 of 113 words, 10 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

crush [entry 1]

to press something very hard so that it's broken or its shape is destroyed | to press paper or cloth so that it becomes full of folds and is no longer ... (30 of 96 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crush 1

crush [entry 2]

to upset or shock someone badly (6 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crush 2

crush [entry 3]

to defeat someone completely (4 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crush 3

crush [entry 4, informal]

a strong but temporary feeling of liking someone (8 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crush 4

crush [entry 5, singular]

a crowd of people forced to stand close together (9 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

break [carriage]

either of two types of vehicle. One is a heavy four-wheeled carriage frame used for the training and exercising of horses, either singly or in teams ... (26 of 96 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle]

to compress somebody or something, causing injury, damage, or distortion, or become compressed in this way | to crease a fabric or item of clothing, ... (24 of 268 words, 14 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601661​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

crush

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: Old French cruissir (Mod.French √©craser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break", perhaps from Frankish ... (18 of 80 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English cruschen, crousshen, Old French cruisir, croissir, from Late Latin *cruscio, from Frankish *krostjan. Akin to Gothic ________ (kruistan, "to gnash"), Old Swedish krusa, ... (25 of 42 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

crush

Origin: Middle English crushen from Old French croisir, to gnash (teeth), crash, break from Frankish *krostjan, to gnash; akin to Old ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

crush

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic kriustan to gnash; see crunch

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crush

Oxford Dictionary:

crush | crush pen

Origin: Middle English: from Old French cruissir, "gnash (teeth) or crack", of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crush

American Heritage Dictionary:

crush | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | crushes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English crushen, from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crush

Merriam-Webster:

crush [entry 1, verb]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

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Encarta Dictionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Anglo-Norman crussier, Old French croissir

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601661​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crush"

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Collins Dictionary:

crush

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crush"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crush

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crush | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | crushes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "crush"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crush

crush [noun] | crushes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "crush"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

crush | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle] | crushes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crush"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/crush

crush [noun] | crushes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crush"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

crush [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "crush"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "crush"

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the Free Dictionary:

crush

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "crush"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "crush"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "crush" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

crush | crushes [plural] | crushed [past tense] | crushing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "crush"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

crush

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crush"

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YourDictionary Audio:

crush

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crush" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

crush

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crush" by speech synthesizer

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