push

verb
\ ˈpu̇sh \
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

push

noun

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
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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

At its December policy meeting officials penciled in two rate rises in 2019, after pushing through four increases last year that have put the central bank’s overnight target-rate range at between 2.25% and 2.50%. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Kaplan Says It’s Time to Hold Off on Interest-Rate Rises," 3 Jan. 2019 This creates a classic instability, because the heavier liquid will push through the lighter one. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 The meteoric rise of the architectural and design style has been aided by shows like Mad Men and pushed into homes through big-box retailers like Target. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In 2005, Trump’s company signed a one-year deal with the Bayrock Group to push through a construction project in Moscow. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 Consumer groups have been pushing for the ban of lead in hair products, and the FDA has finally heeded their call. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "The FDA Orders Hair-Dye Companies to Remove Lead From Formulas," 31 Oct. 2018 Running for almost 40 minutes, dancers weave on and off stage to the seemingly continuous rise of music, pushing through a circuit of complex footwork that appears an artful kaleidoscope of jazz, ballet, tap, and aerobics. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "It Was Ladies’ Night at the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala," 18 Oct. 2018 Their constant support allowed me to push myself to the limit during my recovery and obtain my goals. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Dixon, Simmer, Wimbush win Comeback Player of Year honors," 18 Dec. 2018 The result is new competition for cable companies that’s pushing them into the streaming business. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two Harvard political scientists, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, have written what is to me the essential book for understanding the push-and-pull here: How Democracies Die, published in January. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 But as 2018 closes out, current coal plant retirements have little to do with mercury emissions compliance, and more to do with the cheap cost of natural gas and a push to replace older coal plants with more environmentally friendly energy. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA to keep Obama-era mercury rules, but make it harder to tighten them," 26 Dec. 2018 In fact, perhaps even more challenging to companies like Tesla, who are still largely on the outside of the world’s largest car market looking in, is that the Chinese government is starting a push to consolidate the national automotive industry. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s competition for the Model Y is growing quickly in China," 21 Dec. 2018 This profitability push by Amazon began nearly two years ago. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A Russian disinformation campaign used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump," 17 Dec. 2018 Some thrusters are at an angle, to help its orientation (attitude control), while others are straight to provide straight-on push. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018 The forces align and momentum builds Johnson’s push for public transit funding would, in some form or another, be embraced by the next three presidents, Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Someone stole two push mowers valued at $700 from the 300 block of Madison Street between 8 p.m. July 8 and 11:59 a.m. July 9. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Oak Park resident robbed while walking on Austin Boulevard," 14 July 2018 Small and compact as to not take up too much workspace, this machine creates the perfect cup of coffee with the push of a button to fuel your creativity and energy all while taking just a few seconds. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "8 Gift Ideas for DIY Enthusiasts 2018," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of push

Verb

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

Noun

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for push

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

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push

verb

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

push

noun

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

push

verb
\ ˈpu̇sh \
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.

push

noun

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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