\ 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 Madison’s Population Health Institute and a psychologist since 1991, said the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on Black and Latino communities will likely push mental health calls from those communities even higher. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The COVID-19 pandemic may be deepening Milwaukee County's mental health crisis but providers see a glimmer of hope," 21 Nov. 2020 Also: Bay Area advocates push transit leaders to delay projects to save jobs during financial crisis. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: How California’s new coronavirus curfew affects you," 20 Nov. 2020 McAllister's words ring especially true considering how Kamara is putting together a campaign that could push one of the oldest standing records in the team's book. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Deuce McCallister on Alvin Kamara chasing his 17-year-old Saints records: 'Go get 'em'," 19 Nov. 2020 If bond prices continue to drop and push yields up, that may give these investors more money in their pockets. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "A Biden stimulus deal could finally push bond yields higher," 19 Nov. 2020 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport would grow and push more people out of the barrios as its footprint and noise expanded. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, "Interstate highways displaced thousands in Phoenix. The consequences were long-lasting," 19 Nov. 2020 Republicans may push for a smaller package given Pfizer's announcement earlier this month that its human trials suggest its coronavirus vaccine is 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infections, Gardner added. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "What's the status of a second $1,200 stimulus check?," 19 Nov. 2020 Thomas Groome, a theology professor at Boston College, said conservative bishops on the working group would likely push for Biden to be denied Communion. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden’s abortion stance," 19 Nov. 2020 Thomas Groome, a theology professor at Boston College, said conservative bishops on the working group would likely push for Biden to be denied Communion. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden's abortion stance," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Election law experts see Trump's push as the last, dying gasps of his campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. Arkansas Online, "Biden wants Congress to pass emergency covid aid this year," 20 Nov. 2020 The president’s push—an unprecedented effort to bypass election tallies—drew fresh criticism from some prominent Republicans, who called the approach reckless. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Courts State Lawmakers Amid Effort to Block Biden Win," 20 Nov. 2020 Giving up the lucrative charges on overseas trips signals the urgency of American’s push to revive international travel, which has all but vanished since March. Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg.com, "American Air Scraps Change Fees for Some Overseas Trips," 19 Nov. 2020 Giving up the lucrative charges on overseas trips signals the urgency of American’s push to revive international travel, which has all but vanished since March. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "American Airlines backs off most ticket change fees for international travel," 19 Nov. 2020 To give himself an extra push, Vincenzo decided to accomplish two things with his effort to create the memorial. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, "A grandson honors two WWII vets -- a soldier and his dog Rex -- in new Margate memorial," 19 Nov. 2020 Gounder’s push is a marked shift from the current administration’s messaging strategy. Lev Facher, STAT, "Biden adviser says scientists, not political appointees, should lead public communications on Covid-19," 19 Nov. 2020 The uniquely shaped teeth on the original key push the pins up and out of the way, allowing the cylinder to turn. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Open a Locked Door Without the Key," 18 Nov. 2020 Barring some breakthrough in the president’s legal push, his strategy appears to center on disrupting the process through which states finalize their vote counts and submit their delegate slates to the Electoral College. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Threats and Tensions Rise as Trump and Allies Attack Elections Process," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Push.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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