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nudge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of nudge

  1. 1 to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing <accidentally nudged me as they squeezed past> Synonyms graze, kiss, {h,2}brush, shave, skimRelated Words bump, contact, scrape, sideswipe, strike, sweep, swipe, touch; bounce, carom, glance, rebound, ricochet, skip; caress, cuddle, fondle, love, pat, pet, stroke; miss, skirtNear Antonyms bang, bash, bump, clash, collide, crash, hit, impact, impinge, knock, punch, ram, slam, slap, smack, smash, swipe, thud, thwack, whack

  2. 2 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action <the car salesman nudged me into taking a test-drive, even though I had said that I was just looking> Synonyms egg (on), encourage, exhort, goad, urge, press, prod, promptRelated Words drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain




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