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verb crush pronunciation in British 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. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make someone feel disappointed, embarrassed, or upset
    He would be crushed by another rejection.
  3. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if you crush something such as cloth, or if it crushes, it becomes covered with small untidy folds
    She refused to sit down in case she crushed her dress.


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