to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push something aside; to push the door open.
to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside: to push one's way through the crowd.
to cause to extend or project; thrust.
to press or urge to some action or course: His mother pushed him to get a job.
to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence: to push a bill through Congress.
to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme: She pushed the project to completion.
to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of: to push inferior merchandise on customers.
to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone: The prosecutor pushed him for an answer.
to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually followed by for): to be pushed for time.
Slang. to peddle (illicit drugs).
Informal. to be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like: The maestro is pushing ninety-two.
Photography. to modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.
to exert a thrusting force upon something.
to use steady force in moving a thing away; shove.
to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
to extend or project; thrust: The point of land pushed far out into the sea.
to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
Slang. to sell illicit drugs.
to move on being pushed: a swinging door that pushes easily.
the act of pushing; a shove or thrust.
a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
a vigorous onset or effort.
a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign: The big push began in April.
the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
Informal. persevering energy; enterprise.
Informal. a crowd or company of people.
British. dismissal from a job; sack.
Australian Slang. a gang of hoodlums.
push around, to treat contemptuously and unfairly; bully: She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around.
to make the date or time of (an event) later than originally planned.
to oppose or resist a plan, action, statement, etc.: The board members are starting to push back against criticism from the public.
push off, Informal. to go away; depart: We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning.
push on, to press forward; continue; proceed: The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains.
Idioms about push
push one's luck. luck (def. 12).
when / if push comes to shove, when or if matters are ultimately confronted or resolved; when or if a problem must be faced; in a crucial situation: If push comes to shove, the government will impose quotas on imports.
- outpush, verb (used with object)
- un·pushed, adjective
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How to use push in a sentence
Many of them plan to help finance the latest push for new, K-12 curriculum.Online learning provider Everfi makes $100 million commitment for curriculum that pushes for social change | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
The United States already has more carbon-capture facilities than any other country in the world and could seize global market leadership with a concerted innovation push from the government.To confront the climate crisis, the US should launch a National Energy Innovation Mission | Amy Nordrum | September 15, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Though the 2019 study observed that the watch tended to undercount wheelchair pushes, I found that the watch tended to overestimate my number of pushes slightly.
Even so, buyers say the push to constantly replan as well as to generate “good results” for clients even with economic uncertainty has been draining.‘Seemingly nonstop’: Constant requests to replan and retool campaigns is getting to media buyers | Kristina Monllos | September 2, 2020 | Digiday
The smaller HomePod will help Apple renew its push into the smart home at a lower price, albeit with fewer speakers inside the device than the current $299 model.Apple is prepping 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year | radmarya | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too | John Avlon | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Afghanistan, there was a push to take back the southern province Helmand.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doubling down on Schedule I is, at best, a deranged way to push Americans away from “medical,” and toward recreational, use.
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Slowly, two were opened up, and in 2010 the regional government opened all four Brogpa villages in a push for tourism.
The sense of bearing on to the voice, or endeavoring to push the tone by any pressure whatever, should be absolutely avoided.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Thereupon the governor attacked him alone, and giving a violent push on the door, opened it.
One Turkish Company, about a hundred strong, was making an ugly push within rifle shot of our ship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
A resolute push for quite a short period now might reconstruct the entire basis of our collective human life.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
His only chance of ultimate recovery was to push boldly forward, and to betray no fear of failure.
British Dictionary definitions for push
(when tr, often foll by off, away, etc) to apply steady force to (something) in order to move it
to thrust (one's way) through something, such as a crowd, by force
(when intr, often foll by for) to apply oneself vigorously (to achieving a task, plan, etc)
(tr) to encourage or urge (a person) to some action, decision, etc
(when intr, often foll by for) to be an advocate or promoter (of): to push for acceptance of one's theories
(tr) to use one's influence to help (a person): to push one's own candidate
to bear upon (oneself or another person) in order to achieve more effort, better results, etc: she was a woman who liked to push her husband
(tr) to take undue risks, esp through overconfidence, thus risking failure: to push one's luck
(intr) to act overconfidently
sport to hit (a ball) with a stiff pushing stroke
(tr) informal to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
(intr; foll by out, into, etc) (esp of geographical features) to reach or extend: the cliffs pushed out to the sea
(tr) to overdevelop (a photographic film), usually by the equivalent of up to two stops, to compensate for underexposure or increase contrast
push up daisies or push up the daisies slang to be dead and buried
the act of pushing; thrust
a part or device that is pressed to operate some mechanism
informal ambitious or enterprising drive, energy, etc
informal a special effort or attempt to advance, as of an army in a war: to make a push
informal a number of people gathered in one place, such as at a party
Australian slang a group or gang, esp one considered to be a clique
sport a stiff pushing stroke
at a push informal with difficulty; only just
the push informal, mainly British dismissal, esp from employment
when push comes to shove informal when matters become critical; when a decision needs to be made
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