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English noun: crush

1. crush (substance) leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated

Synonymscrushed leather

Broader (hypernym)leather

2. crush (group) a dense crowd of people

Synonymsjam, press

Broader (hypernym)crowd

Narrower (hyponym)snarl-up, traffic jam

3. crush (feeling) temporary love of an adolescent

Synonymscalf love, infatuation, puppy love

Broader (hypernym)love

4. crush (act) the act of crushing

Synonymscompaction, crunch

Broader (hypernym)compressing, compression

Narrower (hyponym)grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization

English verb: crush

1. crush (social) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

SamplesThe government oppresses political activists.

Synonymsoppress, suppress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate

2. crush (contact) to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

SamplesCrush an aluminum can.
Squeeze a lemon.

Synonymsmash, squash, squeeze, squelch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)press

Narrower (hyponym)stamp, steamroller, telescope, tread, wring

3. crush (competition) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

SamplesAgassi beat Becker in the tennis championship.
We beat the competition.
Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to crush his opponent

Synonymsbeat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

Narrower (hyponym)bat, best, cheat, checkmate, chicane, chouse, clobber, cream, drub, eliminate, exceed, get over, get the best, get the jump, have the best, immobilise, immobilize, jockey, lick, master, mate, mop up, outdo, outdo, outfight, outflank, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outplay, outpoint, outscore, outstrip, overcome, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overwhelm, pip, rack up, rout, scoop, screw, shaft, spread-eagle, spreadeagle, subdue, surmount, surmount, surpass, thrash, trump, walk over, whip, whomp, worst


Verb groupbeat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach

4. crush (change) break into small pieces

SamplesThe car crushed the toy.

ExamplesThey crush the glass tubes

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize

Narrower (hyponym)bruise

5. crush (emotion) humiliate or depress completely

SamplesShe was crushed by his refusal of her invitation.
The death of her son smashed her.

ExamplesThe bad news will crush him

Synonymsdemolish, smash

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify

6. crush (contact) crush or bruise

SamplesJam a toe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bruise, contuse

7. crush (competition) make ineffective

SamplesMartin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination.

Synonymsbreak down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

8. crush (change) become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure

SamplesThe plastic bottle crushed against the wall.

ExamplesThe glass tubes crush

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

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