\ˈbəj \

Definition of budge 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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


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



Definition of budge (Entry 3 of 3)


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Synonyms & Antonyms for budge

Synonyms: Verb

blink, bow, capitulate, concede, give in, knuckle under, quit, relent, submit, succumb, surrender, yield

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of budge in a Sentence


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How then to keep a hydrated (and not slick) complexion and not let your glitter crystals and pink shadow budge? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Reveals His Top Melt-Proof Beauty Products and Tricks," 21 Apr. 2018 For the steamy makeout sessions, Giesbrecht swears by two budge-proof formulas: Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and E.l.f. Kelsey Castañon, refinery29.com, "Jane The Virgin's Makeup Artist Explains How To Bounce Back After Crying," 27 Mar. 2018 Today Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the department’s proposed budge. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Wyoming considers grizzly hunt after Trump team took bear off endangered list," 20 Mar. 2018 Rihanna’s first liquid lipstick goes on slick, then dries to a budge-proof, universally flattering matte finish. Because no Bad Gal worth her name has time for endless applications. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 9 Best Red Lipsticks of All Time for Christmas and Beyond," 25 Dec. 2017 English has various terms for mental states of don’t-want-to-budge. Ruth Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "Shaking off late-summer hebetude," 7 Sep. 2017 If oily, sweaty lids are a problem, this budge-proof eyeliner is the solution. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The 11 Best Black Liquid Eyeliners That Are as Sharp as Your Wit," 31 Aug. 2017 The first encounter is all a show of power on both sides, and neither party budges. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Moments on Game of Thrones," 29 Aug. 2017 A stalemate may yet prevail if neither side budges during a 30-day extra session that GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has convened starting Tuesday. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "Texas ‘bathroom bill’ may shape 2018 GOP primary campaigns," 16 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Colon is discouraged, but, like Gonzalez, isn't budging. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Displaced Puerto Ricans can fly home or stay in Florida with no FEMA housing. They're staying.," 30 June 2018 Whether or not the Spurs will budge and send Leonard to a conference rival is still up in the air, and the Lakers can always decide to pursue other options while preparing to sign him next summer. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 The Cardinals eased in front 1-0 in the third inning on Logan Wyatt’s slow roller to second base with the bases loaded, but Killian didn’t budge after that, ending the threat with another ground ball. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball one defeat from NCAA elimination after Texas Tech loss," 3 June 2018 Everyone had needs somewhere, but no one was budging. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "This was MLB's slowest-moving free-agent market in years. Was it a trend or a blip?," 26 Mar. 2018 Temperatures will drop into the 20s tonight and may not budge much during the day on Saturday, with highs in north Alabama only rising into the low 30s. Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "Freezing rain, sleet and snow expected today in north Alabama," 12 Jan. 2018 Reagan’s refusal to budge on SDI was the key issue. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "When Reagan Met Lenin," 30 May 2018 Hadid prefers a no-fuss approach to party beauty: slicked-back hair, nude glossy lips, and a dramatic cat-eye that just won't budge. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Knows How To Party," 22 Mar. 2018 Imports account for 2m-3m tonnes, a figure that has barely budged in recent years (see chart). The Economist, "Nigeria hopes high tariffs will make it grow more rice," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of budge


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1578, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for budge


Middle English bugee, from Anglo-French buge


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


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give/budge an inch

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English Language Learners Definition of budge

: to move slightly

: to change your opinion or decision


\ˈbəj \
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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