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CRUSH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crush mean? 

CRUSH (noun)
  The noun CRUSH has 4 senses:

1. leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
2. a dense crowd of people
3. temporary love of an adolescent
4. the act of crushing

  Familiarity information: CRUSH used as a noun is uncommon.


CRUSH (verb)
  The verb CRUSH has 8 senses:

1. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
2. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
3. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
4. break into small pieces
5. humiliate or depress completely
6. crush or bruise
7. make ineffective
8. become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

  Familiarity information: CRUSH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRUSH (noun)


Sense 1crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

crush; crushed leather

Hypernyms ("crush" is a kind of...):

leather (an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning)


Sense 2crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dense crowd of people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

crush; jam; press

Hypernyms ("crush" is a kind of...):

crowd (a large number of things or people considered together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crush"):

snarl-up; traffic jam (a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move)


Sense 3crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Temporary love of an adolescent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

calf love; puppy love; infatuation; crush

Hypernyms ("crush" is a kind of...):

love (a strong positive emotion of regard and affection)


Sense 4crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of crushing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

compaction; crunch; crush

Hypernyms ("crush" is a kind of...):

compressing; compression (applying pressure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crush"):

grind; mill; pulverisation; pulverization (the act of grinding to a powder or dust)


CRUSH (verb)


Sense 1crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

crush; oppress; suppress

Context example:

The government oppresses political activists

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "crush"):

keep down; quash; reduce; repress; subdue; subjugate (put down by force or intimidation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

squeeze; squash; mash; crush; squelch

Context examples:

crush an aluminum can / squeeze a lemon

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

press (exert pressure or force to or upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "crush"):

wring (twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid)

stamp (crush or grind with a heavy instrument)

steamroller (crush with a steamroller as if to level)

tread (crush as if by treading on)

telescope (crush together or collapse)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

beat; beat out; vanquish; trounce; crush; shell

Context examples:

Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship / We beat the competition / Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

"Crush" entails doing...:

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "crush"):

best; outdo; outflank; scoop; trump (get the better of)

outfight (to fight better than; get the better of)

overmaster; overpower; overwhelm (overcome by superior force)

checkmate; mate (place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game)

immobilise; immobilize (make defenseless)

outplay (excel or defeat in a game)

bat; clobber; cream; drub; lick; thrash (beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight)

exceed; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; outstrip; surmount; surpass (be or do something to a greater degree)

cheat; chicane; chouse; jockey; screw; shaft (defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit)

outpoint; outscore (score more points than one's opponents)

walk over (beat easily)

eliminate (remove from a contest or race)

mop up; pip; rack up; whip; worst (defeat thoroughly)

whomp (beat overwhelmingly)

rout; spread-eagle; spreadeagle (defeat disastrously)

get the jump (be there first)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to crush his opponent


Sense 4crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break into small pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The car crushed the toy

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

break up; fragment; fragmentise; fragmentize (break or cause to break into pieces)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "crush"):

bruise (break up into small pieces for food preparation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They crush the glass tubes


Sense 5crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Humiliate or depress completely

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

demolish; crush; smash

Context examples:

She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation / The death of her son smashed her

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

abase; chagrin; humble; humiliate; mortify (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will crush him


Sense 6crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Crush or bruise

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

jam; crush

Context example:

jam a toe

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

bruise; contuse (injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make ineffective

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

break down; crush

Context example:

Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8crush [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The plastic bottle crushed against the wall

Hypernyms (to "crush" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sentence example:

The glass tubes crush


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