\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

The only thing that seems likely to get Sony to budge on this issue, at this point, is publishers withholding their games from the PS4 if the cross-console block remains in place. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "CEO: PS4 blocks cross-console play to provide “best user experience”," 4 Sep. 2018 And Covington is not likely to budge unless Newport does, Meyer said. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "'Eyes are on Newport' for needle exchange movement in light of HIV cluster in NKY," 14 Jan. 2018 Target has yet to budge on Grady's insurance claim and hasn't yet released any more information about additional parking lot causalities. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Watch a Rogue 2-Ton Target Ball Unleash Utter Chaos in a Parking Lot," 6 Feb. 2017 Without Nakamoto’s moral authority, neither side would budge. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Turns 10: Still Not All Grown Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Apple wouldn't budge, so the FBI ultimately paid nearly $1 million to an outside company to help divert the passcode. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FBI Unlocks a Suspect's iPhone Using His Face," 1 Oct. 2018 President Barack Obama had nominated Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia But McConnell wouldn't budge on the nomination, Trump won the White House, and the Republican Senate confirmed conservative Neil Gorsuch last year. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Court vacancy adds to hot-button issues in Florida Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson," 2 July 2018 Investigators felt close to getting a confession, but Alden wouldn't budge. CBS News, "Did a missing Army nurse fall prey to a serial killer targeting military women?," 26 June 2018 Many fans and alumni were angry and called for Butters to fire the coach, but Butters wouldn’t budge. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kudos to FSU for standing by Leonard Hamilton," 30 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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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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