\ ˈnəj How to pronounce nudge (audio) \
nudged; nudging

Definition of nudge

transitive verb

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
2 : to prod lightly : urge into action … have been nudged into starting their own ventures …— Janet Bamford
3 : approach its circulation is nudging the four million mark— Bennett Cerf

intransitive verb

: to give a nudge She nudged and jostled through the crowd.

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Other Words from nudge

nudge noun
nudger noun

Synonyms for nudge


brush, graze, kiss, shave, skim

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Examples of nudge in a Sentence

I nudged the plate closer to him. The guard nudged the prisoner forward. The dog nudged the ball with his nose. He nudged me and pointed to the deer. The salesman nudged her into testing out the car. Album sales are nudging the one million mark. The price of gold has nudged a little higher.
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Among the characters not referenced in the title is a wife, who – over time – has been further nudged to the periphery of the story. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells another side of a Sanskrit epic," 11 Sep. 2019 Building games and apps are not the only reason children are being nudged into computer programming. Parul Agrawal, Quartz India, "In India, toddlers are starting to write computer codes before they can talk," 11 July 2019 Chile then found a way past the goalkeeper when the ball was nudged just over the line by Charles Aránguiz, but the Video Assistant Referee pulled the play quite far back to rule the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder's goal out for offside., "Colombia 0-0 Chile (4-5 Pens): Alexis Sanchez Steps Up in Shootout to Knock Out Los Cafeteros," 29 June 2019 Yet after just four games in left at Class AAA, he was summoned to Atlanta for a May 15 debut after Ender Inciarte got hurt, nudging Acuña to center field. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Braves ready to run away with NL East? 'It's hard not to notice us'," 24 June 2019 Other researchers are looking for ways of nudging systems between different synchronous states, which could be useful for correcting irregular heartbeats. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 Other researchers are looking for ways of nudging systems between different synchronous states, which could be useful for correcting irregular heartbeats. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization," 4 Apr. 2019 Davis believed this outing nudged Horowitz to resume his career, which the master did in 1962 with a series of acclaimed releases on Columbia Records and a return to the Carnegie Hall stage in 1965. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Ivan Davis, longtime UM music professor, world-renowned pianist, dies at 86 | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018 In terms of early-primary states, Warren slightly nudges out Biden in New Hampshire with 27% support versus 26%, with Sanders close behind at 25%. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Elizabeth Warren Captains Steady Ascent Into Third Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of nudge

1675, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nudge

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of nudge

: 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


\ ˈnəj How to pronounce nudge (audio) \
nudged; nudging

Kids Definition of nudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of nudge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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