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Crush vs. Crash: What's the Difference?

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"Crush" refers to compressing with force to deform or break, while "Crash" means a violent collision or a sudden loud noise.

Key Differences

"Crush" and "Crash," while often used in contexts where pressure or impact is implied, have different meanings and applications. "Crush" typically refers to the act of compressing something with enough force that it becomes deformed or broken. For instance, when one steps on a soda can, they crush it. On the contrary, "Crash" typically denotes a violent and often sudden collision, such as when two cars hit each other.
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In a more abstract or emotional sense, "Crush" can imply an intense, usually short-lived infatuation or admiration for someone. For instance, teenagers might have a "crush" on their favorite celebrity. "Crash," in a non-literal context, can signify a sudden decline or failure, like the stock market experiencing a crash.
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Grammatically speaking, both "Crush" and "Crash" can function as nouns or verbs. You can "crush" a bug, or have a "crush" on someone. Similarly, one might "crash" a party, or survive a plane "crash." While both words denote some form of force or impact, their connotations and applications vary.
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Furthermore, in the realm of technology, these words take on additional meanings. For example, a system or software might "crash," meaning it stops working suddenly and unexpectedly. On the other hand, to "crush" data means to reduce its size through compression. In essence, while "Crush" and "Crash" may seem superficially similar due to their implications of force, their actual uses and meanings differ considerably.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Compressing with force to deform/break.
Violent collision or loud noise.
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Emotional Context

Intense short-lived infatuation.
Sudden decline or failure.
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Grammatical Usage

Used as both a noun and a verb.
Used as both a noun and a verb.
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Tech-related Context

Data compression.
System or software malfunction.
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Connotation

Pressure, deformation.
Collision, suddenness.
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Crush and Crash Definitions

Crush

To compress with force causing deformation or breakage.
He crushed the soda can with his hand.
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Crash

A violent and noisy collision.
There was a loud crash when the two cars collided.
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Crush

An intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
Sarah has a huge crush on her neighbor.
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Crash

A sudden decline or failure.
The stock market crash of 1929 was devastating.
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Crush

To grind or pulverize.
The chef used a mortar and pestle to crush the herbs.
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Crash

A loud, sudden sound.
The crash of thunder startled everyone.
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Crush

A dense crowd of people.
There was a crush of fans at the concert entrance.
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Crash

To break violently or noisily; smash
The dishes crashed to pieces on the floor.
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Crush

To press between opposing bodies so as to break, compress, or injure
The falling rock crushed the car.
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Crash

To undergo sudden damage or destruction on impact
The car crashed into a tree.
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Crush

To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
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Crash

To make a sudden loud noise
The cymbals crash at the end of each measure.
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Crush

To put down with force; subdue
The regime crushed the rebellion.
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Crash

To move noisily or so as to cause damage
Went crashing through the woods.
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Crush

To overwhelm or oppress severely
Spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.
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Crash

To undergo a sudden severe downturn, as a market or economy.
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Crush

To defeat overwhelmingly
Our team was crushed in the playoffs.
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Crash

(Computers) To stop functioning due to a crash.
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Crush

To crumple or rumple
Crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
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Crash

(Slang) To undergo a period of unpleasant feeling or depression as an aftereffect of drug-taking.
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Crush

To hug, especially with great force.
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Crash

To find temporary lodging or shelter, as for the night.
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Crush

To hit or propel with great force
A swing of the bat that crushed a fastball over the wall.
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Crash

To fall asleep from exhaustion.
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Crush

To press upon, shove, or crowd.
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Crash

To cause to crash
Crashed the truck into the signpost.
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Crush

To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing
Crush juice from a grape.
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Crash

To dash to pieces; smash
Crashed the ice with a sledgehammer.
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Crush

To be or become crushed
Aluminum cans crush easily.
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Crash

(Informal) To join or enter (a party, for example) without invitation.
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Crush

To proceed or move by crowding or pressing
The fans crushed forward to get a glimpse of the movie star.
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Crash

A sudden loud noise, as of an object breaking
She looked up when she heard the crash outside.
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Crush

The act of crushing or the pressure involved in crushing
Matter superheated by the crush of gravity around black holes.
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Crash

A smashing to pieces.
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Crush

A great crowd
A crush of spectators.
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Crash

A collision, as between two automobiles.
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Crush

A substance prepared by or as if by crushing, especially a fruit drink
Orange crush.
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Crash

A sudden severe downturn
A market crash.
A population crash.
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Crush

A usually temporary infatuation
Had a crush on her friend's cousin.
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Crash

A sudden failure of a hard drive caused by damaging contact between the head and the storage surface, often resulting in the loss of data on the drive.
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Crush

One who is the object of such an infatuation.
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Crash

A sudden failure of a program or operating system, usually without serious consequences.
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Crush

A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
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Crash

(Slang) Mental depression after drug-taking.
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Crush

Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd.
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Crash

A coarse, light, unevenly woven fabric of cotton or linen, used for towels and curtains.
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Crush

A violent crowding.
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Crash

Starched reinforced fabric used to strengthen a book binding or the spine of a bound book.
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Crush

A crowd that produces uncomfortable pressure.
A crush at a reception
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Crash

Of or characterized by an intensive effort to produce or accomplish
A crash course on income-tax preparation.
A crash diet.
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Crush

(slang) A group or gang.
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Crash

A sudden, intense, loud sound, as made for example by cymbals.
The piece ended in a crescendo, building up to a crash of cymbals.
After the lightning came the crash of thunder.
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Crush

A crowd control barrier.
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Crash

An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
She broke two bones in her body in a car crash.
Nobody survived the plane crash.
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Crush

A drink made by squeezing the juice out of fruit.
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Crash

(computing) A malfunction of computer software or hardware which causes it to shut down or become partially or totally inoperable.
My computer had a crash so I had to reboot it.
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Crush

(informal) An infatuation with somebody one is not dating.
I've had a huge crush on her since we met many years ago.
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Crash

(finance) A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures).
The stock market crash
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Crush

The human object of such infatuation or affection.
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Crash

(informal) A comedown from a drug.
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Crush

A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling.
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Crash

(collective) A group of rhinoceroses.
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Crush

(dated) A party or festive function.
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Crash

(ecology) A sudden decline in any living form's population levels, often leading to extinction.
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Crush

(Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar, or the season when this process takes place.
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Crash

(textiles) A type of rough linen.
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Crush

The situation where certain colors are so similar as to be hard to distinguish, either as a deliberate effect or as a limitation of a display.
Black crush; white crush
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Crash

Quick, fast, intensive, impromptu.
Crash course
Crash diet
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Crush

A paraphilia involving arousal from seeing things destroyed by crushing.
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Crash

(intransitive) To collide with something destructively, fall or come down violently.
When the car crashed into a house, the driver was heavily injured.
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Crush

To press between two hard objects; to squeeze so as to alter the natural shape or integrity, or to force together into a mass.
To crush grapes
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Crash

(transitive) To severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else.
I'm sorry for crashing the bike into a wall. I'll pay for repairs.
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Crush

To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding.
To crush quartz
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Crash

To accelerate a project or a task or its schedule by devoting more resources to it.
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Crush

(figurative) To overwhelm by pressure or weight.
After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
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Crash

To make or experience informal temporary living arrangements, especially overnight.
Hey dude, can I crash at your pad?
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Crush

To do impressively well at (sports events; performances; interviews; etc.).
They had a gig recently at Madison Square—totally crushed it!
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Crash

To give, as a favor.
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Crush

To oppress or grievously burden.
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Crash

To lie down for a long rest, sleep or nap, as from tiredness or exhaustion.
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Crush

To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
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Crash

To terminate extraordinarily.
If the system crashes again, we'll have it fixed in the computer shop.
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Crush

(intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller volume or area, by external weight or force.
An eggshell crushes easily
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Crash

To cause to terminate extraordinarily.
Double-clicking this icon crashes the desktop.
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Crush

To feel infatuation or unrequited love.
She's crushing on him.
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Crash

(intransitive) To experience a period of depression and/or lethargy after a period of euphoria, as after the euphoric effect of a psychotropic drug has dissipated.
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Crush

To give a compressed or foreshortened appearance to.
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Crash

(transitive) To hit or strike with force
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Crush

To make certain colors so similar as to be hard to distinguish, either as a deliberate effect or as a limitation of a display.
My old TV set crushes the blacks when the brightness is lowered.
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Crash

To take a sudden and severe turn for the worse; to rapidly deteriorate.
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Crush

To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.
Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut.
The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall.
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Crash

To make a sudden loud noise.
Thunder crashed directly overhead.
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Crush

To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
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Crash

To break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence.
He shakt his head, and crasht his teeth for ire.
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Crush

To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again.
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Crash

To make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise.
Roofs were blazing and walls crashing in every part of the city.
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Crush

To oppress or burden grievously.
Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway.
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Crash

To break with violence and noise; as, the chimney in falling crashed through the roof.
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Crush

To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
Speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels.
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Crash

A loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once.
The wreck of matter and the crash of worlds.
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Crush

To subdue or overwhelm (a person) by argument or a cutting remark; to cause (a person) to feel chagrin or humiliation; to squelch.
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Crash

Ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise.
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Crush

To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.
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Crash

Coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels.
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Crush

A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
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Crash

A loud resonant repeating noise;
He could hear the clang of distant bells
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Crush

Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
Politics leave very little time for the bow window at White's in the day, or for the crush room of the opera at night.
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Crash

A serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles);
They are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane
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Crush

Leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
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Crash

A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
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Crush

A dense crowd of people
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Crash

The act of colliding with something;
His crash through the window
The fullback's smash into the defensive line
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Crush

Temporary love of an adolescent
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Crash

(computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative;
The crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since
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Crush

The act of crushing
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Crash

Fall or come down violently;
The branch crashed down on my car
The plane crashed in the sea
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Crush

Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority;
The government oppresses political activists
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Crash

Move with, or as if with, a crashing noise;
The car crashed through the glass door
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Crush

To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
Crush an aluminum can
Squeeze a lemon
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Crash

Undergo damage or destruction on impact;
The plane crashed into the ocean
The car crashed into the lamp post
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Crush

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;
Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
We beat the competition
Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
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Crash

Move violently as through a barrier;
The terrorists crashed the gate
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Crush

Break into small pieces;
The car crushed the toy
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Crash

Break violently or noisily; smash;
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Crush

Humiliate or depress completely;
She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation
The death of her son smashed her
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Crash

Occupy, usually uninvited;
My son's friends crashed our house last weekend
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Crush

Crush or bruise;
Jam a toe
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Crash

Enter uninvited; informal;
Let's crash the party!
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Crush

Make ineffective;
Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination
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Crash

Cause to crash;
The terrorists crashed the car into the gate of the palace
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Crush

Become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure;
The plastic bottle crushed against the wall
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Crash

Hurl or thrust violently;
He dashed the plate against the wall
Waves were dashing against the rock
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Crush

To overpower or subdue.
The rebellion was quickly crushed by the army.
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Crash

Undergo a sudden and severe downturn;
The economy crashed
Will the stock market crash again?
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Crash

Stop operating;
My computer crashed last night
The system goes down at least once a week
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Crash

Sleep in a convenient place;
You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable
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Crash

To attend without an invitation.
They decided to crash the party.
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Crash

In computing, a sudden malfunction.
My computer experienced a crash, and I lost all my work.
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FAQs

Do both "Crush" and "Crash" imply some form of impact?

Yes, but "Crush" is about compression and "Crash" about collision.
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Can "Crush" describe a feeling towards someone?

Yes, as in having a romantic infatuation or "crush."
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What does it mean if software "crashes"?

It means the software stops working suddenly and unexpectedly.
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Can "Crush" also be a noun?

Yes, like having a "crush" on someone.
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Is a "Crash" always an accident?

Typically, yes, but it can also refer to a sudden loud noise or decline.
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Can "Crush" imply defeat?

Yes, as in "crush the opposition."
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What might cause a "Crash" in the stock market?

Various factors like economic downturns or panic selling.
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Can you "crush" data?

Yes, in tech, it refers to data compression.
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Can "Crash" be used in a social context?

Yes, like to "crash" a party.
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Can both words be used in tech contexts?

Yes, but differently: software can "crash" and data can be "crushed" (compressed).
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Is a "crush" in a crowd context dangerous?

It can be, as it refers to a dense, sometimes overwhelming crowd.
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Can you "Crush" something softly?

Typically, no, as "Crush" implies force and pressure.
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Can "Crush" mean to defeat someone in a game?

Yes, as in "The team crushed their opponents."
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If you "crush" on someone, does it last long?

Typically, a "crush" is a short-lived intense infatuation.
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Are "Crush" and "Crash" interchangeable?

No, they have distinct meanings and connotations.
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How do you prevent software from "crashing"?

By debugging, updates, and ensuring system compatibility.
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Can "Crash" be used in a positive sense?

Rarely, but in cases like "crash a party," it might be seen as fun or daring.
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Is a "Crash" always loud?

Often, but not always, especially in non-literal contexts like a market crash.
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What sound does "Crash" typically describe?

A sudden, loud, and disruptive noise.
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What's the antonym of "Crush" in the context of affection?

Likely "dislike" or "indifference."
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