\ 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


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.


an unprecedented push to pass stronger gun control measures
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now the families of those killed are pushing the Pentagon to more closely examine the incidents and prioritize improving training standards to prevent future deaths. Washington Post, "Spike in military training fatalities exposes dangers troops face far from the battlefields," 30 Aug. 2019 But now a handful of lawmakers are pushing another measure that would prevent the company from reopening its facility. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "A year later, fight against ethylene oxide persists: ‘These folks aren’t going away.’," 30 Aug. 2019 Now the families of those killed are pushing the Pentagon to more closely examine the incidents and prioritize improving training standards to prevent future deaths. Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Spike in military training fatalities exposes dangers troops face far from the battlefields," 30 Aug. 2019 The foundation is pushing for an agreement under which the states would work together, and with federal agencies, to find money to help Pennsylvania farmers adopt practices that promote cleaner waterways. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Gov. Hogan calls on Pennsylvania to step up Chesapeake cleanup; Pa. would ‘gladly accept’ Md. funds to do that," 29 Aug. 2019 Though Luck’s presence in the Colts locker room is already erased and his team is pushing ahead without him, his decision to prioritize his health will have a long-term impact on players in Indianapolis and beyond. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Impact of Andrew Luck’s Retirement Stretching Across Colts’ Locker Room, Beyond," 28 Aug. 2019 Elaine Herzberg, 49, was pushing a bicycle when the crash occurred. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How Uber’s quest for self-driving tech led to criminal case," 27 Aug. 2019 In this case, Wouters says, Tesla is again pushing a security update to its keyless entry modules. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Hackers Could Steal a Tesla Model S by Cloning Its Key Fob—Again," 27 Aug. 2019 Alabama Republicans are pushing for a controversial Minnesota Representative to be removed from Congress. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama GOP resolution calls for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be expelled from Congress," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The state is trying to help as well with a new push backed by grant money. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Can Elon Musk’s SpaceX bring high-speed Internet to Alabama?," 13 Sep. 2019 Most ambitious would be a fresh push to remove what structural barriers remain to cross-border European trade. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 That doesn’t mean there should not be a push for more cops. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Easy to say, but don’t give up, St. Paul, to recent spate of killings," 12 Sep. 2019 In a push to boost voter registration, Ohio last month mailed postcards to 120,000 unregistered young adults identified through driver’s license and state ID records, cleveland.com’s Rich Exner reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Issues of violence have arrived at Mayor Frank Jackson’s doorstep: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, on Thursday Steyer was continuing his campaign in a push to qualify for the October debate, vying for headlines and news alerts with the release of his tax returns. Ben Mitchell, CBS News, "Why Tom Steyer couldn't buy his way onto the debate stage," 30 Aug. 2019 And Brennan, as co-founder of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, was part of a successful push for the league to offer equal prize money to men and women. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Mavericks canceled: Organizers scrap iconic surf competition for fourth straight season," 30 Aug. 2019 Last year, the academy was bolstered with $866,000 in state funding after a major push by school Superintendent Diane Kornegay, business leaders and local legislators. Rosemarie Dowell, orlandosentinel.com, "Leesburg High students earn valuable experience teaming with Habitat to build house," 28 Aug. 2019 And thanks to a growing push for natural wines, growers are beginning to think more about land stewardship. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "Colorado wine is finally coming into its own," 24 Aug. 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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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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