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Definition of 'crush'


  1. leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
       Synonyms: crushed leather
  2. a dense crowd of people
       Synonyms: jam press
  3. temporary love of an adolescent
       Synonyms: puppy love calf love infatuation
  4. the act of crushing
       Synonyms: crunch compaction


  1. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists"
       Synonyms: oppress suppress
  2. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"
       Synonyms: squash squelch mash squeeze
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: beat beat out shell trounce vanquish
  4. break into small pieces; "The car crushed the toy"
  5. humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"
       Synonyms: smash demolish
  6. crush or bruise; "jam a toe"
       Synonyms: jam
  7. make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
       Synonyms: break down
  8. become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"

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