push

verb
\ 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

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
\ 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

Legislation needed to construct a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River stumbled in Albany and Trenton this month as lawmakers push for more public oversight of the entity that will build it. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Gateway Rail Tunnel Project Hits Another Hurdle," 18 Apr. 2019 One of the tenets of his campaign is a promise to combine government incentives and regulations to push for a greener economy, in order to tackle both climate change and economic stagnation at the same time. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Potential Future First Lady Trudi Inslee," 10 Apr. 2019 Companies have recently begun sharing more information about their materials thanks to activists who are pushing for full transparency. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Teens are Reportedly Boiling Used Tampons to Get High," 9 Jan. 2019 According to Rolling Stone, the inspiration to push the primary left and draft Gravel came from three teenagers: high school seniors David Oks and Elijah Emery, and Columbia University first-year student Henry Williams. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Teens Started Mike Gravel's Meme-Heavy 2020 Presidential Campaign," 9 Apr. 2019 The sun spends its very last day in your sign on Friday, April 19, pushing you to write the final sentence in a personal chapter. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 That would shut off the electricity to a motor that allows the system to push the plane toward the ground. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 Toussaint had bigger plans than a postcard for the animals in her kingdom and pushed her team for more figurative three-dimensional pieces. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 2019 Eventually, the 22-year-old's impressive range convinced Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend to push their buttons. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Voice's John Legend Was Not Happy When Jej Vinson Picked Kelly Clarkson as His Coach," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of particular note is Damon’s ongoing push to root out kitchen culture’s toxicities, which have typically been attributed to the hypermasculine ego. Vogue, "How Kia Damon Keeps It Cool in the Kitchen," 9 Apr. 2019 Acer Acer chose to incorporate a push-to-open webcam, which can sometimes be of limited utility. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's new Swift 7 ultra-thin PC is even smaller, but adds Thunderbolt, Amber Lake and a clickpad," 6 Jan. 2019 In other industries and in Silicon Valley in particular, there’s been a push for salary transparency—but Bolles, Salvo, and Cowan all say that for freelancers, talking money is still largely taboo. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 The move was yet another aggressive push from Epic to truly compete with Valve and its Steam store. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 According to the Journal, one particular area of interest for the special counsel could be Cohen’s push to complete an agreement for a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Cohen spoke with Mueller team about Trump and his business dealings with Russia: report," 21 Sep. 2018 The push for state-level reforms has seen setbacks. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 2018 Things weren’t much better for socialists in Europe, where a burgeoning women’s rights movement was also at odds with the push for economic equality. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian, "The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexism," 12 July 2018 The push for greater community engagement is part of a statewide mandate by the Legislature under AB 617, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last summer. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$10 million in cap-and-trade dollars awarded for environmental justice programs, including to native tribe in San Diego," 11 July 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 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.

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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