\ 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
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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 Officers were in the car park at the time, but the police deny that Chow was pushed. Time Staff, Time, "Protests Erupt in Hong Kong After Student's Death," 8 Nov. 2019 Workers aren’t able to pay for expenses due to the unreliability of tips and are pushed to use food stamps, Jayaraman said. Abdel Jimenez, chicagotribune.com, "As city considers minimum wage proposal, a new study finds that black female tipped workers are struggling to make ends meet," 7 Nov. 2019 It was pushed, authorities said, and two 16-year-old boys were responsible. Washington Post, "Teens accused of pushing log off a cliff, killing a woman below, could be tried as adults for murder," 7 Nov. 2019 Beneath the surface are positions and interests that are being pushed by players far afield including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Norway. Patrick Muthengi Maluki, Quartz Africa, "Why the US, UK, France and Norway are taking sides in Kenya’s maritime row with Somalia," 7 Nov. 2019 The measure was pushed by activists who wanted to give a voice to Tucson's Latino community. CBS News, "Tucson voters reject pro-immigrant measure to become Arizona's only "sanctuary city"," 6 Nov. 2019 Stone, a longtime friend of the president's, briefly served on Trump's campaign but was pushed out amid infighting with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Ashraf Khalil, Anchorage Daily News, "Trial of Trump crony Roger Stone promises political drama," 5 Nov. 2019 Stone, a longtime friend of the president's, briefly served on Trump's campaign but was pushed out amid infighting with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Ashraf Khalil, sun-sentinel.com, "Roger Stone leaves Day 1 of trial early over food poisoning," 5 Nov. 2019 Both passed, although one was pushed more than the other. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Pac-12 power rankings: Oregon, Utah on collision course after tough road wins," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But there has been a push by some in the state to use the growing amount of bed tax funding in other ways that benefit local residents who share the roads and other public services with the flood of visitors that arrive every year. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian hits hotel tax revenue in Orange County," 6 Nov. 2019 This is a brand new push. ... Survivors need to have more options, particularly those who do not speak English. courant.com, "Nov. 5, 2019: V 🇺🇸 O 🇺🇸 T 🇺🇸 E 🇺🇸," 5 Nov. 2019 Despite a 2014 investment in Peugeot by the Chinese carmaker Dongfeng, there has been no real push to expand the French carmaker’s sales in the Chinese market. Tom Krisher, Washington Post, "Fiat Chrysler merger with PSA appears headed for approval," 30 Oct. 2019 This is a push that’s got many in Washington worried. Fox News, "Russia building new empire in Africa: 'The United States should be hugely concerned'," 30 Oct. 2019 There is now a push to upgrade the nationwide backbone to 5G. Large increases in speed and capacity have the potential to help spur further innovation and deliver more services to consumers at lower prices—but not necessarily for everyone. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The 10 ways life would be different without broadband," 29 Oct. 2019 Electric micromobility There is a major push in India and China to drive adoption of electric two-wheelers. Shashank Sripad, The Conversation, "Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China," 28 Oct. 2019 Electric micromobility There is a major push in India and China to drive adoption of electric two-wheelers. Shashank Sripad, Quartz India, "The key to an electric scooter revolution in India is getting the battery right," 28 Oct. 2019 Understandably, there’s been a push within Sandy Oaks to withdraw from VIA. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Why it would be a mistake for Sandy Oaks to withdraw from VIA," 25 Oct. 2019

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

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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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