\ 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 Tiny Yelly is full of big talk, but quick to push Moji to the front when danger looms. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 This slippage, in which intimacy evaporates into doubt, is central to Sebald’s art, and comes to the fore in the frequent coincidences that push his tales to the limits of credibility. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2021 Martinez hit JD Spielman for a 75-yard score in the opening minute of the third quarter to help pull the Cornhuskers within 20-10, but UW got scoring runs from Taylor and Deal to push the lead to 34-10. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021 Scripps Ranch took advantage of a misplayed onside kick to open the second half to push the lead to 14-0 on Nguyen’s first TD. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2021 As Scott’s performance started, panic set in and Irwin and his girlfriend tried to push their way out of the crowd to no avail. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Unable to afford a coach who could push his daughters to that next level, Richard shops around for someone who will be sufficiently impressed to do it for free. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said a vote could come as early as Thursday, but if debate doesn't kick-start until Thursday, that could push a vote to Friday or yes, even the weekend. Lauren Fox And Phil Mattingly, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 But Orlando went on a 9-2 run that sliced the advantage to 78-71, but Young helped push the lead to 93-84 at the end of the quarter. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Giants, in need of starting pitching this offseason, are making a strong push to sign free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, The Chronicle has learned. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Nov. 2021 The letters come amid a broader push to reform various aspects of the criminal justice system. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2021 The state of the race for the Republican nomination is such that a push from ATN could all but clinch it. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2021 As news junkies increasingly stream their news, Media Capital has already made a large digital push, launching a dedicated website, CNNPortugal.pt, as early as July. John Hopewell, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 Despite Tesla’s push about its safety, this video is a great indicator of just how difficult of a time the system can have, especially on busy streets. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 Nov. 2021 The fallout is now complicating Mr. Biden’s push to make electric vehicles a central pillar of his climate change agenda. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 The plume of rock that flies out of the crater on impact may provide an extra push as well. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2021 The situation is expected to improve after a Biden administration push to invest $3 billion in rapid testing, including $650 million to ramp up manufacturing capacity for rapid tests. NBC News, 20 Nov. 2021

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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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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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