Thrust - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |θrʌst|  American pronunciation of the word thrust
Brit.  |θrʌst|  British pronunciation of the word thrust
irregular verb:  p.t. — thrust  p.p. — thrust


- the force used in pushing (syn: push)
the thrust of the jet engines
- a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument (syn: stab)
- the act of applying force to propel something (syn: drive)
- verbal criticism
he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians
- a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow) (syn: jab, poke, thrusting)
he made a thrusting motion with his fist


- push forcefully
He thrust his chin forward
- press or force (syn: shove, squeeze, stuff)
She thrust the letter into his hand
- make a thrusting forward movement (syn: hurl, hurtle, lunge)
- impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably (syn: force)
- penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument (syn: pierce)
- force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock
- push upward
The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air
- place or put with great energy (syn: throw)
thrust the money in the hands of the beggar

Extra examples

He thrust his hands into his pockets.

He thrust his fist into the air.

The doctor thrust the needle into the patient's arm.

He thrust at me with his sword.

With one last thrust he broke through the barrier.

With a shout of victory, he thrust his sword into his enemy's body.

He thrust at his opponent with his sword.

Jane thrust her plate away in a bad temper, refusing to eat.

She ran to him for a kiss, but he thrust her away.

He thrust his hand in his pocket to find a half-crown.

He was thrust into the job.

I don't want such things thrust on me.

She thrust a letter into my hand.

He thrust me roughly towards the door.

He skipped aside as his opponent thrust at him.

Phrasal verbs

thrust out  — push to thrust outward

Word forms

I/you/we/they: thrust
he/she/it: thrusts
present participle: thrusting
past tense: thrust
past participle: thrust
singular: thrust
plural: thrusts
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