\ ˈbəj How to pronounce budge (audio) \

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cushioned footbed and budge-proof straps are game-changers. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, 9 July 2021 Even with a no-budge formula, setting brows can be particularly challenging for several reasons. Lauren Dana, Allure, 7 May 2021 These audiences didn’t want yesterday’s news, or even this morning’s; the slightest budge toward progress was meaningful and welcome. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Total budge appropriations, including all district funds, total $98.3 million, with general fund appropriations of $75.85 million. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2020 Bromhead says that budge-proof, foolproof cosmetics — like MAC products — are crucial for working with O'Hara, who is perhaps one of the most expressive comedic actors in Hollywood. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, 21 Sep. 2020 The waistband sits high and truly does not slip, slide, roll, or budge, which is both comfortable and flattering. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2020 Wonderblading Lip Color — a peel-off, two-step lip stain that lasts up to 10 hours — as an example of how color could evolve to be mind-bendingly budge-proof. Maura Lynch, Allure, 18 Aug. 2020 What’s more, the cotton-canvas front allows her feet to breathe easily, while the ankle ties (or ankle strap) ensure a tight, no-budge fit. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The worst-case scenario is that Republicans refuse to budge on their voting bill and Abbott makes good with his threat to just keep calling special sessions, forcing Democrats to stay out of the state for a looooong time. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 13 July 2021 Using a wooden spoon or sturdy butter knife, tap the lid of the jar a few times to try to loosen or shift the seal enough to budge the lid. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2021 Johnny Juzang pulled his teammates tight, arms around each other’s shoulders, no one wanting to budge. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 In an interview, Setchen said his client narrowly escaped catastrophe after the car erupted in flames and the door handles would not budge. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Several also shared that its durable material is strong enough to withstand pet claws and chews and didn't budge no matter how hard their pet has tried. Emily Belfiore, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2021 But instead of trying to set different ethnic groups against each other, the MPs would have been better focusing on trying to bring people together to solve a problem that has so far proven hard to budge. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 22 June 2021 And, look, both sides have shown a willingness to budge here, but not nearly enough to reach a deal. ABC News, 6 June 2021 While waiting for traffic to budge, Brainard received a phone call from an Army recruiter impressed by his test scores. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Mar. 2021

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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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“Budge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/budge. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of budge

: to move slightly
: to change your opinion or decision


\ 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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