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

In just four days, designers are expected to create million-dollar looks without the million-dollar budget, where their decorating skills will be pushed to the max. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A First Look at Best Room Wins, Bravo’s New Interior Design Competition Series," 14 Mar. 2019 The yearslong conflict has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. ... Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Senate Votes to End U.S. Aid in Saudi Fight in Yemen," 13 Mar. 2019 The couple is notoriously private, but have, on occasion, been spotted taking walks together as a family, usually with Brad pushing Lea around in a stroller. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Irina Shayk? Everything You Need to Know About Bradley Cooper's Long-Time Girlfriend," 24 Feb. 2019 First up, the women are tasked with pushing a 100-pound wedding cake down the aisle. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 3 Recap: Elyse for Bachelorette?," 21 Jan. 2019 Pacing themselves sometimes means spending time pushing bites around and pretending to eat, Jim Lillis, the property manager for the crime drama tells The Virginian-Pilot. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's What the 'Blue Bloods' Stars Are Actually Eating During the Reagan Family Dinners," 29 Dec. 2018 Booking’s push to handle more business directly could change that. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Booking Directs Its Own Traffic," 22 Feb. 2019 The reactor was initially scheduled to be completed in 2013; delays pushed back the start date to 2015 and again to 2016. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019 So Mika pushed through and chose an easy hike to ring in her 33rd birthday. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Doctors Kept Calling It Stress. Then I Learned I Had a 98% Blockage in My Heart.," 7 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The push to make railroads improve their safety system goes back a decade. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "After Philly crash, railroads got more time to install a key safety system. Three years later, some still lag behind," 3 July 2018 Place your hands in a push-up position, with your palms about shoulder-width apart. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 The Sky One-Touch power soft-top that slides all the way back at the push of a button. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Jeep Wrangler's Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine Is Totally Worth the Extra Money," 13 Feb. 2019 In light of this digital content push, Goop is reportedly pausing its quarterly print magazine until after the Netflix series premieres this fall. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's Controversial Lifestyle Brand, Is Getting a Netflix Series," 4 Feb. 2019 This doesn’t have to be a 5-mile run or even a dreaded visit to the gym—even doing some push-ups and lunges in your living room can help. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 An outside shower boasts both hot and cold water, and an optional on-demand 4x4 system gives you four-wheel-drive at the push of a button. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Airstream debuts new compact luxury camper van," 4 Sep. 2018 Running, walking, cycling, hiking, swimming, treadmill, circuit training, deadlifts, push-ups, and leg raises are just a handful of the 40 different trackable exercises. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Watch review: iteration over innovation," 31 Aug. 2018 There is the downward weight which is balanced by the upward push of the ground. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "This Tug of War With a Lion Isn't About Strength—It's About Friction," 18 June 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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