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English noun: smash

1. smash (event) a vigorous blow

SamplesThe sudden knock floored him.
He took a bash right in his face.
He got a bang on the head.

Synonymsbang, bash, belt, knock

Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

2. smash (event) a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)


Broader (hypernym)collision

Domain categoryautomotive vehicle, motor vehicle

3. smash (act) a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head


Broader (hypernym)return

4. smash (act) the act of colliding with something

SamplesHis crash through the window.
The fullback's smash into the defensive line.


Broader (hypernym)hit, hitting, striking

Narrower (hyponym)impaction, impingement

5. smash (act) a conspicuous success

SamplesThat song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career.
That new Broadway show is a real smasher.
The party went with a bang.

Synonymsbang, hit, smasher, strike

Broader (hypernym)success

Narrower (hyponym)blockbuster, megahit, sleeper, smash hit

English adverb: smash

1. smash with a loud crash

SamplesThe car went smash through the fence.


English verb: smash

1. smash (contact) hit hard

SamplesHe smashed a 3-run homer.

Synonymsblast, boom, nail

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

Broader (hypernym)hit

2. smash (change) break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

SamplesSmash a plate.

ExamplesThey smash the glass tubes


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

Broader (hypernym)break

Narrower (hyponym)blast, knock down

Verb groupsmash

3. smash (possession) reduce to bankruptcy

SamplesMy daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!.
The slump in the financial markets smashed him.

Synonymsbankrupt, break, ruin

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

Broader (hypernym)impoverish

4. smash (motion) hit violently

SamplesShe smashed her car against the guard rail.

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

Broader (hypernym)hit, strike

5. smash (emotion) humiliate or depress completely

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

Synonymscrush, demolish

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

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

6. smash (contact) damage or destroy as if by violence

SamplesThe teenager banged up the car of his mother.

Synonymsbang up, smash up

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

Broader (hypernym)damage

7. smash (contact) hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

8. smash (contact) collide or strike violently and suddenly

SamplesThe motorcycle smashed into the guard rail.

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

Broader (hypernym)clash, collide

9. smash (competition) overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)

SamplesThe police smashed the drug ring after they were tipped off.

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

Broader (hypernym)demolish, destroy

10. smash (change) break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow

SamplesThe window smashed.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

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

Verb groupdash, smash

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