\ ˈpu̇sh How to pronounce push (audio) \
pushed; pushing; pushes

Definition of push

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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 one's luck
: to take an increasing risk



Definition of push (Entry 2 of 3)

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
3a : 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
4a : an exertion of influence to promote another's interests
b : stimulation to activity : impetus
push comes to shove
: a decisive moment comes backed down when push came to shove
\ ˈpu̇sh How to pronounce PUSH (audio) \

Definition of PUSH (Entry 3 of 3)

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sanders instead saw an athlete motivated by something else to push through those grueling workouts. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Shaun Wade could not walk away from his Ohio State football teammates and their national championship potential," 23 Oct. 2020 If these fundamental shifts in governance and voting are able to pass, the Democrats would have a stronger platform to push through their more ambitious proposals. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "What the Democrats could prioritize if they win the presidency and both chambers of Congress," 20 Oct. 2020 Polyethylene producers across the board have been able to push through four consecutive price increases between June to September, according to a research note from Citi. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Covid-19 Shakes Up Plastics World Order," 15 Oct. 2020 Graham — the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman — is under fire for attempting to push through a Supreme Court Justice nominee in an election year despite having twice said in the past that should not be done. al, "Bookies say don’t bet on Doug Jones beating Tommy Tuberville," 12 Oct. 2020 Mulch and loose gravel paths can be hard to push a walker through. oregonlive, "This Oregon garden is designed for aging in place," 7 Oct. 2020 Specifically, the employees used their accomplices' Social Security numbers, fake rental agreements and falsified IRS forms to push through rental reimbursements at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Prison for Twin Cities woman whose insider scheme cost Catholic Charities $684K," 6 Oct. 2020 With Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, lawmakers would be able to push through a substantial stimulus package early in the year, Levine noted. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Investors are still in the dark as Trump returns to the White House," 6 Oct. 2020 They should also be prepared to push through periods of dry spells with no prizes for weeks or months. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho Bernardo retiree is a sweepstakes king," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These moves mark the latest push by Netflix to become a streaming destination for anime. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lakeith Stanfield to play first African samurai in Netflix's Yasuke anime," 27 Oct. 2020 But the push to register those hundreds of thousands of former felons hasn't fully met expectations. Alex Pena, CBS News, "Former felons in Florida cast their first ballots in early voting," 26 Oct. 2020 The unprecedented ballot-box push exceeds previous Facebook efforts and large-scale registration campaigns such as Rock the Vote in 2016, which registered 1.7 million. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook election 2020: Mark Zuckerberg online registration drive signs up record 4.4 million voters," 26 Oct. 2020 That’s exactly what happened during the electrification push enabled by the REA, which led to greater demand for toasters, vacuums, and other modern conveniences. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Land O’ Lakes CEO calls for big federal spending on rural broadband," 26 Oct. 2020 Now he is energized for the final push to graduation. Washington Post, "College students are weary of ‘Zoom U.’ But they’re also trying to make the best of it.," 25 Oct. 2020 As both sides mount get-out-the-vote drives in the final push before Nov. 3, Trump does have one advantage: There were more eligible voters who did not cast ballots in 2016 who are more likely to support him than Biden. Mike Dorning, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Rural Edge Shrinks With Enthusiasm Fading in Key States," 25 Oct. 2020 Another key area where the opponents differ is in cuts to the Portland Police Bureau budget – a pressing and controversial topic given the national push to reform law enforcement. oregonlive, "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, challenger Sarah Iannarone diverge on police, priorities in tight race," 24 Oct. 2020 Supporters of the No on 22 campaign have argued that voters should reject the push by tech companies, and that the measure would harm workers already at a disadvantage during the pandemic. Kate Conger, New York Times, "It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of push


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


circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for push


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

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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Push.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of push

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use force to move (someone or something) forward or away from you
: to go forward while using your hands, arms etc., to forcefully move people or things that are blocking you
: to force or try to force or persuade (someone) to do something



English Language Learners Definition of push (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of pushing something or someone
: a large, organized military attack
: a strong, continuous effort to get or achieve something


\ ˈpu̇sh How to pronounce push (audio) \
pushed; pushing

Kids Definition of push

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to press against with force so as to drive or move away He helped push a car out of the snow.
2 : to force forward, downward, or outward The tree is pushing its roots deep in the soil.
3 : to go or make go ahead I had to push to finish the swim.
4 : to pressure to do something or work hard at something The teacher pushed her students to succeed.



Kids Definition of push (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden thrust : shove Pa gave the rotten tree a push and it fell over.
2 : a steady applying of force in a direction away from the body from which it comes We gave the car a push up the hill.

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