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verb crush pronunciation in American English /krʌʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecrushing
past tensecrushed
past participlecrushed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to hit or press something so hard that you damage it severely or destroy it, especially by making its shape flatter

    The front of the car was completely crushed in the accident.

    1. a.
      to injure or kill someone by crushing them
      crush someone to death:

      Two of the firefighters were crushed to death when a beam fell on them.

    2. b.
      to press something so hard that it breaks into very small pieces

      Chop the onion and crush the garlic.

      The drink is served over crushed ice.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to completely defeat someone who is opposing you, especially by using force or violence

    Any anti-government protest was swiftly crushed.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make someone feel disappointed, embarrassed, or upset

    He would be crushed by another rejection.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if you crush something such as cloth, or if it crushes, it becomes covered with small messy folds

    She refused to sit down in case she crushed her dress.



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