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crush

crush

 
 
pronunciation:
kruhsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: crushed, crushes, crushing
definition 1: to press or squeeze so as to flatten or cause to lose shape.
I crushed the cardboard box and put it in the recycling bin.The suitcase crushed his shirt and caused deep wrinkles in it.
synonyms:
crumple, flatten, mash, squash
similar words:
compress, scrunch, squelch, trample
definition 2: to reduce forcefully to small pieces, as by pounding or grinding; pulverize.
This machine crushes the stones to make gravel.
synonyms:
grind, pulverize, smash
similar words:
crumb, crumble, crunch, mash, masticate, pound, shatter, shiver, squash, triturate
definition 3: to suppress, oppress, or defeat decisively.
He crushed every one of his chess opponents that year.The government crushed its political opposition.
synonyms:
defeat, overpower, quash, squash, suppress
similar words:
beat, break, choke, drub, grind, oppress, overwhelm, pound, pulverize, quell, repress, squelch, subdue, thrash, trample, trounce, vanquish, wallop, whip
definition 4: to afflict with humiliation, confusion, or self-doubt, as by criticism or jeering remarks.
She was crushed by her professor's harsh criticism of her paper.
synonyms:
humiliate, mortify
similar words:
abash, chagrin, cut, disgrace, embarrass, put to shame, shame, squelch
definition 5: to extract by pressing something.
Machines crush oil from seeds.
synonyms:
extract
similar words:
press, squeeze
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be or come to be in a crushed condition.
This hat crushes easily, so don't put it in the suitcase.
synonyms:
flatten, squash
similar words:
crumple, crunch
definition 2: to push or crowd forcefully.
The crowd crushed into the narrow hallway.
synonyms:
crowd
similar words:
press, push, squeeze
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: great pressure, as from pressing or squeezing.
synonyms:
pressure
similar words:
crunch, press, squeeze
definition 2: the act of crushing.
similar words:
compressing, crunch, flattening, grinding, mashing, pulverizing, smash, smashing, squashing
definition 3: a large group of people, esp. one causing pressure or crowding; crowd.
synonyms:
crowd
similar words:
drove, horde, mass, press, throng
definition 4: a strong but transient romantic attraction, or the person who is the object of this.
He had crushes on several of his teachers.
synonyms:
infatuation
similar words:
flirtation, passion, puppy love
derivations: crushable (adj.), crushability (n.), crusher (n.)
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