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crush (v.)

mid-14c., "smash, shatter, break into fragments or small particles; force down and bruise by heavy weight," also figuratively, "overpower, subdue," from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, smash, break," which is perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cognates: Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash").

Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is by c. 1600. Related: Crushed; crushing; crusher. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujir "to crack, creak" are Germanic loan-words.

crush (n.)

1590s, "act of crushing, a violent collision or rushing together," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884, U.S. slang; to have a crush on (someone) is by 1903.

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Definitions of crush
1
crush (v.)
come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority;
Synonyms: oppress / suppress
crush (v.)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
crush an aluminum can
Synonyms: squash / squelch / mash / squeeze
crush (v.)
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;
Synonyms: beat / beat out / shell / trounce / vanquish
crush (v.)
break into small pieces;
The car crushed the toy
crush (v.)
humiliate or depress completely;
She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation
Synonyms: smash
crush (v.)
crush or bruise;
Synonyms: jam
crush (v.)
make ineffective;
Synonyms: break down
crush (v.)
become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure;
The plastic bottle crushed against the wall
2
crush (n.)
leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated;
Synonyms: crushed leather
crush (n.)
a dense crowd of people;
Synonyms: jam / press
crush (n.)
temporary love of an adolescent;
Synonyms: puppy love / calf love / infatuation
crush (n.)
the act of crushing;
Synonyms: crunch / compaction
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