\ 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)

People United to Serve Humanity

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Liam was the most popular name for boys, pushing out Jackson, which had spent six consecutive years at the top of the list. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Muhammad makes list of top 10 baby names in the US for the first time," 6 Dec. 2019 The driver of the car exited her vehicle and with the help of other citizens was pushing the broken vehicle in the travel lane of 20th Avenue. Holland Sentinel, Detroit Free Press, "West Michigan woman run over by own vehicle," 6 Dec. 2019 From the coast, flats action on redfish and trout was excellent until the cold front, which pushed a lot of bait out of the shallows. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s biting in muddy waters?," 6 Dec. 2019 Those included not having tested whether a faulty sensor could trigger the plane’s anti-stall system, which investigators believe happened in both crashes, pushing down the noses of the planes. chicagotribune.com, "Boeing chief engineer who defended 737 Max jet is retiring," 5 Dec. 2019 Engineers would install technology to limit engine speed and torque but a driver could still get some power from pushing the accelerator. Phoebe Wall Howard, Freep.com, "Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'Everybody knew'," 5 Dec. 2019 And now, there’s the possibility that SAWS will be called on to buy easements over the aquifer, which could push rates up further. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio dilemma: Better bus service or clean drinking water?," 5 Dec. 2019 But what if Republicans — who need only a majority in each chamber to overturn a governor's veto — simply ignore Beshear's legislative priorities and push through with their own plans? Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Less than a week before inauguration, Beshear addresses challenges he'll face as governor," 5 Dec. 2019 Bam Adebayo has been a South Florida story for a while, considering his versatile skill set helped push Hassan Whiteside out of the starting lineup last year. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Barkley calls Heat’s Adebayo ‘a monster’," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There's been a broad push to hand over more duties at the space station to commercial industry as NASA shifts focus to deep-space exploration, including its plan to put people back on the moon by 2024. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX will launch genetically enhanced 'mighty mice' to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2019 Ravens 30, 49ers 20: The Ravens will be playing on short rest while the 49ers will be coming off a coast-to-coast flight and adjusting to the time zone difference, so the logistical issues are probably a push. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens-49ers staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s game in Baltimore?," 27 Nov. 2019 And just maybe her award for TV comedy actress was the push needed to give her series the boost in momentum to go on for three more seasons. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "All the Awards Won by 'Fleabag,' 'Game of Thrones' and More Shows Ending in 2019," 24 Nov. 2019 More recently, there has been a big push from European Union (EU) member states to return failed asylum seekers back home to The Gambia. Franzisca Zanker, Quartz Africa, "The return of migrants from Europe is causing problems for The Gambia," 21 Nov. 2019 In the past few years, there has been a concerted push from states to start enacting various laws to criminalize this kind of behavior. Jennifer Gerson, Health.com, "Revenge Porn Is a Dangerous Form of Sexual Abuse—and Victims Often Have No Power to Fight Back," 19 Nov. 2019 The push to use robots is, of course, still in its early days. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "How Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry," 23 Nov. 2019 But the push for clean energy is coming at an environmental cost to forests and fisheries in one of the world's most biodiverse regions. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019 For the first time in over two decades, a push to lift this ban is sparking bipartisan support. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "'Undoing a mistake': Inside the push to bring college education back to prison," 21 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'push.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about push

Time Traveler for push

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for push

Last Updated

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Push.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push. Accessed 11 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for push


How to pronounce PUSH (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on push

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for push

Spanish Central: Translation of push

Nglish: Translation of push for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of push for Arabic Speakers

Comments on push

What made you want to look up push? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


heavy with or as if with moisture

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!