Synonyms of crush in English:


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1‘essential oils in the leaves are released when the herbs are crushed or heated’


squash, squeeze, press, compress

pulp, mash, macerate, mangle

flatten, trample on, tread on

informal squidge, splat

North American informal smush

2‘your dress will get crushed’


crease, crumple, rumple, wrinkle, crinkle, scrunch up, ruck up

British scrumple up

British rare ruckle


smooth out

3‘crush the biscuits with a rolling pin’


pulverize, pound, grind, break up, smash, shatter, crumble, crunch, splinter

mill, pestle

technical triturate, comminute

archaic bray, levigate, powderize

rare kibble

4‘he crushed her in his arms’


hug, squeeze, hold tight, clutch

embrace, enfold

5‘the new regime ruthlessly crushed all popular uprisings’


suppress, put down, quell, quash, squash, stamp out, put an end to, put a stop to, overcome, overpower, defeat, extinguish, vanquish, triumph over, break, bring someone to their knees, repress, subdue

6‘the England No 1 was crushed 15–7, 15–6, 15–6’


defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, overwhelm

informal hammer, clobber, thrash, paste, give someone a pasting, whip, pound, pulverize, demolish, destroy, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, make mincemeat of, annihilate, slaughter, murder, massacre, crucify, flatten, turn inside out, run rings around

British informal stuff, marmalize

North American informal shellac, blow out, cream, skunk

US informal own


lose, be defeated

7‘Alan was crushed by her words’


mortify, humiliate, abash, chagrin, deflate, demoralize, flatten, squash

devastate, shatter

informal put down, shoot down in flames, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, put someone in their place, make someone eat humble pie, settle someone's hash, knock the stuffing out of

North American informal make someone eat crow


1‘we were caught up in the crush of people’


crowd, throng, horde, swarm, sea, mass, pack, press, multitude, mob


jam, congestion

archaic rout

2‘it was just a teenage crush’


infatuation, obsession, love, passion, passing fancy

informal pash, puppy love, calf love

informal, rare mash

3‘lemon crush’


squash, fruit juice, cordial, drink