budge

noun
\ ˈbəj How to pronounce budge (audio) \

Definition of budge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a fur formerly prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool outward

budge

verb
budged; budging

Definition of budge (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : move, shift the mule wouldn't budge
2 : to give way : yield wouldn't budge on the issue

transitive verb

: to cause to move or change

budge

adjective

Definition of budge (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic

Synonyms & Antonyms for budge

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of budge in a Sentence

Verb Their horses refused to budge. The door was stuck, and we couldn't even get it to budge. Could you try opening this jar for me? I can't budge the lid. We tried to change her mind, but we couldn't budge her.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fret not: Essie's easy, two-step gel system will deliver the same expert-level, budge-proof results with just a few swipes of color and the top coat. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 19 Sep. 2022 She was also impressed by its long-wear, no-budge power. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 25 Aug. 2022 Plus, Haus Labs and Urban Decay both launched a similar budge-proof glossy lipstick that reminds us of another product that, at the very least, Lady Gaga is familiar with. Kirbie Johnson, refinery29.com, 25 Aug. 2022 But now, the best liquid lipsticks on the market are ready to greet your lips with velvety, no-budge formulas. Devon Abelman, Allure, 2 Aug. 2022 Jackson adds that no matter the color, all of the products do not smudge, or budge, for anything. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 5 Apr. 2022 This no-budge primer is light as air yet grips onto shadows and pigments like a pro without creasing or fading throughout the day. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 14 June 2022 Aly & AJ are partnering with Bobbi Brown on the relaunch of the iconic shadow stick, which now has a more buttery and budge-proof formula and comes in 10 new metallic shades. Devon Abelman, Allure, 4 May 2022 For dagger-sharp brows with a no-budge hold, define and shape them with the Urban Decay Brow Blade Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil & Ink Stain. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kimmel gave Brunson a thumbs-up for her award but didn’t budge, a decision that was blasted online as rude and thoughtless by some and cited as an example of white-male arrogance by others. Lynn Elber, ajc, 14 Sep. 2022 Stronger forces are needed to budge the hard-to-move heat dome, or metaphorical elephant. Jack Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2022 Regardless, some employers will remain rigid about their return-to-office plans and likely find themselves at an impasse with workers who also refuse to budge. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2022 Overall, more than 1 in 5 Americans are still unvaccinated against Covid-19, and that number doesn’t seem likely to budge. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 Oh, and just to close the loop: No way does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne get Mjölnir to budge! Sara Netzley, EW.com, 13 Aug. 2022 What’s become clear over the past few days is that the FBI doesn’t plan to budge. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 And yet, as always in the battle over what to do about the climate, if anything significant is to happen, someone will have to budge, and something is almost certain to go wrong. Wired, 29 July 2022 As those numbers refuse to budge -- and, in particular, as voters increasingly focus on historically high inflation despite other good economic news -- Biden's approval rating has crumbled. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of budge

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for budge

Noun

Middle English bugee, from Anglo-French buge

Verb

Anglo-French bouger, from Vulgar Latin *bullicare, from Latin bullire to boil — more at boil

Adjective

origin unknown

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23 Sep 2022

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“Budge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budge. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for budge

budge

verb
\ ˈbəj How to pronounce budge (audio) \
budged; budging

Kids Definition of budge

1 : to move or cause to move especially slightly
2 : to give in He wouldn't budge in his decision.

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