Push - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pʊʃ|  American pronunciation of the word push
Brit.  |pʊʃ|  British pronunciation of the word push


- the act of applying force in order to move something away (syn: pushing)
he gave the door a hard push
the pushing is good exercise
- the force used in pushing (syn: thrust)
the push of the water on the walls of the tank
- enterprising or ambitious drive (syn: energy)
- an electrical switch operated by pressing (syn: button)
the elevator was operated by push buttons
the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk
- an effort to advance
the army made a push toward the sea


- move with force (syn: force)
He pushed the table into a corner
- press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action (syn: bear on)
He pushed her to finish her doctorate
- make publicity for; try to sell (a product) (syn: advertise, advertize, promote)
The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model
- strive and make an effort to reach a goal (syn: drive, labor, labour, tug)
We have to push a little to make the deadline!
- press against forcefully without moving
she pushed against the wall with all her strength
- approach a certain age or speed (syn: crowd)
She is pushing fifty
- exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for (syn: agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press)
The liberal party pushed for reforms
The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate
- sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs
- move strenuously and with effort
The crowd pushed forward
- make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby (syn: press)
'Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman

Extra examples

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...

I hate being in a crowd, getting pushed too often.

He pushed the letter at me so that I could read the signature.

He tried to push more clothes in the case.

She pushed him in and told him not to move.

Phrasal verbs

push around  — be bossy towards
push away  — push out of the way
push forward  — push one's way
push on  — continue moving forward
push out  — push to thrust outward
push through  — break out

Word forms

I/you/we/they: push
he/she/it: pushes
present participle: pushing
past tense: pushed
past participle: pushed
singular: push
plural: pushes
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