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verb \ˈpu̇sh\

Simple Definition of push

  • : to use force to move (someone or something) forward or away from you

  • : to go forward while using your hands, arms etc., to forcefully move people or things that are blocking you

  • : to force or try to force or persuade (someone) to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of push

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to press against with force in order to drive or impel b :  to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking

  3. 2 a :  to thrust forward, downward, or outward b :  to cause to increase :  raise <push prices to record levels> c :  to try to move beyond or expand <push one's limits> d :  to hit (a ball) toward the right from a right-handed swing or toward the left from a left-handed swing — compare pull

  4. 3 a :  to press or urge forward to completion b :  to urge or press the advancement, adoption, or practice of <pushed a bill in the legislature>; especially :  to make aggressive efforts to sell <we're pushing ham this week> c :  to engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics)

  5. 4 :  to bear hard upon so as to involve in difficulty <poverty pushed them to the breaking point>

  6. 5 :  to approach in age or number <grandmother must be pushing 75>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to press against something with steady force in or as if in order to impel

  9. 2 :  to press forward energetically against opposition

  10. 3 :  to exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end <pushing for higher wages>

push one's luck

  1. :  to take an increasing risk

Examples of push in a sentence

  1. Do you want to push the shopping cart?

  2. He slowly pushed the door open.

  3. She pushed back her chair and stood up.

  4. She pushed him aside and marched into the boss's office.

  5. He pushed her out of the way.

  6. He pushed me into the table.

  7. He was pushed off the sidewalk into the street.

  8. She pushed her wet hair back from her face.

  9. The bulldozer pushed the rubble over the edge of the pit.

  10. No matter how hard I pushed, I couldn't move the boulder.

Origin and Etymology of push

Middle English possen, pusshen, probably from Old French pousser to exert pressure, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere to drive, strike — more at felt

First Known Use: 13th century




Simple Definition of push

  • : an act of pushing something or someone

  • : a large, organized military attack

  • : a strong, continuous effort to get or achieve something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of push

  1. 1 :  a vigorous effort to attain an end :  drive: a :  a military assault or offensive b :  an advance that overcomes obstacles c :  a campaign to promote a product

  2. 2 :  a time for action :  emergency

  3. 3 a :  an act of pushing :  shove b (1) :  a physical force steadily applied in a direction away from the body exerting it (2) :  a nonphysical pressure :  influence, urge c :  vigorous enterprise or energy

  4. 4 a :  an exertion of influence to promote another's interests b :  stimulation to activity :  impetus

push comes to shove

  1. :  a decisive moment comes <backed down when push came to shove>

Examples of push in a sentence

  1. <an unprecedented push to pass stronger gun control measures>

Circa 1560

First Known Use of push

circa 1560



Definition of PUSH

  1. People United to Serve Humanity

PUSH Defined for Kids



verb \ˈpu̇sh\

Definition of push for Students



  1. 1 :  to press against with force so as to drive or move away <He helped push a car out of the snow.>

  2. 2 :  to force forward, downward, or outward <The tree is pushing its roots deep in the soil.>

  3. 3 :  to go or make go ahead <I had to push to finish the swim.>

  4. 4 :  to pressure to do something or work hard at something <The teacher pushed her students to succeed.>




Definition of push for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden thrust :  shove <Pa gave the rotten tree a push and it fell over.>

  2. 2 :  a steady applying of force in a direction away from the body from which it comes <We gave the car a push up the hill.>

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