nudge

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verb \ˈnəj\

Definition of nudge

nudged

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nudging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch or push gently nudged the cue ball with the tip of the cue. — Paul Theroux; especially :  to seek the attention of by a push of the elbow nudged Ron in the ribs and pointed at Malfoy … — J. K. Rowling

  3. 2 :  to prod lightly :  urge into action … have been nudged into starting their own ventures … — Janet Bamford

  4. 3 :  approach its circulation is nudging the four million mark — Bennett Cerf

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to give a nudge She nudged and jostled through the crowd.

nudge

noun

nudger

noun

Examples of nudge in a Sentence

  1. I nudged the plate closer to him.

  2. The guard nudged the prisoner forward.

  3. The dog nudged the ball with his nose.

  4. He nudged me and pointed to the deer.

  5. The salesman nudged her into testing out the car.

  6. Album sales are nudging the one million mark.

  7. The price of gold has nudged a little higher.

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Origin and Etymology of nudge

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NUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

nudge

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verb

Definition of nudge for English Language Learners

  • : to touch or push (someone or something) gently

  • : to push (someone) gently with your elbow in order to get that person's attention

  • : to encourage (someone) to do something


NUDGE Defined for Kids

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nudge

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verb \ˈnəj\

Definition of nudge for Students

nudged

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nudging

  1. 1 :  to touch or push gently The teacher nudged her students back to class.

  2. 2 :  to attract the attention of by touching or pushing gently (as with the elbow) He nudged me and pointed to the huge cake on the table.


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nudge

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noun

Definition of nudge for Students

  1. :  a slight push Judy gave Peter a nudge to wake him. — Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji



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