push

1 of 3

verb

pushed; pushing; pushes

transitive verb

1
a
: to press against with force in order to drive or impel
b
: to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking
2
a
: to thrust forward, downward, or outward
b
: to cause to increase : raise
push prices to record levels
c
: to try to move beyond or expand
push one's limits
d
: to hit (a ball) toward the right from a right-handed swing or toward the left from a left-handed swing compare pull
3
a
: to press or urge forward to completion
b
: to urge or press the advancement, adoption, or practice of
pushed a bill in the legislature
especially : to make aggressive efforts to sell
we're pushing ham this week
c
: to engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics)
4
: to bear hard upon so as to involve in difficulty
poverty pushed them to the breaking point
5
: to approach in age or number
grandmother must be pushing 75

intransitive verb

1
: to press against something with steady force in or as if in order to impel
2
: to press forward energetically against opposition
3
: to exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end
pushing for higher wages

push

2 of 3

noun

1
: a vigorous effort to attain an end : drive:
a
: a military assault or offensive
b
: an advance that overcomes obstacles
c
: a campaign to promote a product
2
: a time for action : emergency
3
a
: an act of pushing : shove
b(1)
: a physical force steadily applied in a direction away from the body exerting it
(2)
: a nonphysical pressure : influence, urge
c
: vigorous enterprise or energy
4
a
: an exertion of influence to promote another's interests
b
: stimulation to activity : impetus

PUSH

3 of 3

abbreviation

People United to Serve Humanity
Phrases
push one's luck
: to take an increasing risk
push comes to shove
: a decisive moment comes
backed down when push came to shove

Examples of push in a Sentence

Verb Do you want to push the shopping cart? He slowly pushed the door open. She pushed back her chair and stood up. She pushed him aside and marched into the boss's office. He pushed her out of the way. He pushed me into the table. He was pushed off the sidewalk into the street. She pushed her wet hair back from her face. The bulldozer pushed the rubble over the edge of the pit. No matter how hard I pushed, I couldn't move the boulder. Noun an unprecedented push to pass stronger gun control measures
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
But Democrats quickly pushed back on the legislation, questioning its scope and mechanism. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 13 June 2024 Yamamoto pushed back After originally being scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Texas Rangers, Dodgers right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto will instead throw Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, Roberts announced. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024
Noun
Nevertheless, a new push was launched just days ago by state Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2024 As an iPhone 12 Mini super fan, this potential upgrade push is a huge bummer. Jay Peters, The Verge, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for push 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English possen, pusshen, probably from Old French pousser to exert pressure, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere to drive, strike — more at felt

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of push was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Push.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

push

1 of 2 verb
1
: to press against with force in order to drive
2
: to force forward, downward, or outward
3
: to go or make go ahead
push the job to completion
4
: to press hard against so as to involve in difficulty
was pushed for time
5
: to engage in the sale of (illegal drugs)

push

2 of 2 noun
1
: a strong advance against obstacles
2
: a sudden thrust : shove
3
: a steady applying of force in a direction away from the body from which it comes

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