- The definition of a push is the act of putting pressure on someone or something to get action.
- An example of a push is a potential employer offering a car allowance to sweeten a job offer.
- An example of a push is using a shove on the back of a sled to get it started downhill.
- Push is defined as to press, force or urge a person or thing to move or go away.
- An example of push is pressing the button for an elevator.
- An example of push is putting your weight against a couch to move it across the room.
- to exert pressure or force against, esp. so as to move
- to move in this way
- to thrust, shove, or drive (up, down, in, out, etc.)
- to urge on; impel; press
- to follow up vigorously; promote (a campaign, claim, etc.)
- to extend or expand (business activities, etc.)
- to bring into a critical state; esp., to make critically in need: to be pushed for time
- to urge or promote the use, sale, success, etc. of
- ⌂ Informal to be near or close to: pushing seventy years of age
- ⌂ to hit (the ball) and make it go to the right or, if one is left-handed, to the left
Origin of pushMiddle English posshen ; from Middle French pousser ; from Old French poulser ; from Classical Latin pulsare, to beat ; from pulsus: see pulse
- to press against a thing so as to move it
- to put forth great effort, as in seeking advancement
- to move forward against opposition
- to move by being pushed
- the act of pushing
- a thing to be pushed so as to work a mechanism
- a vigorous effort, campaign, etc.
- an advance against opposition
- pressure of affairs or of circumstances
- an emergency
- Informal aggressiveness; enterprise; drive
push comes to shove⌂
- to move a boat, etc. out into the water by pushing, as with an oar, against the bank or pier
- Informal to set out; depart
verbpushed, push·ing, push·es
- a. To apply pressure against (something), especially for the purpose of moving it: pushed the door but couldn't budge it.b. To move (something) by exerting force against it; thrust or shove: pushed the crate aside.c. To exert downward pressure on (a button or keyboard, for example); press.
- To force (one's way): We pushed our way through the crowd.
- To urge forward or urge insistently; pressure: pushed him to study harder.
- To extend or enlarge: pushed sales into the millions.
- Informal To approach in age: is pushing 40 and still hasn't settled down.
- a. Informal To promote or sell (a product): The author pushed her latest book by making appearances in bookstores.b. Slang To sell (a narcotic) illegally: push drugs.
- Sports To hit (a ball) in the direction toward the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the right of a right-handed player.
- To exert pressure or force against something: winds pushing against the sail.
- To advance despite difficulty or opposition; press forward: The regiment pushed toward the front line.
- To advocate or recommend something insistently: pushed for a change in leadership.
- To expend great or vigorous effort: pushed to finish his paper by the deadline.
- a. The act of pushing; a thrust: gave the door a push.b. The act of pressing: with a push of the button.
- A vigorous or insistent effort toward an end; a drive: a push to reform health care.
- A provocation to action; a stimulus: has artistic talent but needs a push to get started.
- Informal Persevering energy; enterprise: doesn't have the push to get the job done.
Origin of pushMiddle English pusshen, from Old French poulser, pousser, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere, to strike, push; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pushes, present participle pushing, simple past and past participle pushed)
- (intransitive) To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.
- In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me.
- You need to push quite hard to get this door open.
- To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
- To press or urge forward; to drive.
- to push an objection too far; to push one's luck
- To continually promote (a point of view, a product for sale, etc.).
- Stop pushing the issue "” I'm not interested.
- They're pushing that perfume again.
- There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
- (informal) To approach; to come close to.
- My old car is pushing 250,000 miles.
- He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
- (intransitive) To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
- During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to push.
- (intransitive) To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
- To make a higher bid at an auction.
- (poker) To make an all-in bet.
- (chess) To move (a pawn) directly forward.
- (computing) To add (a data item) to the top of a stack.
- To burst out of its pot, as a bud or shoot.
- A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
- Give the door a hard push if it sticks.
- An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
- One more push and the baby will be out.
- A great effort (to do something).
- Some details got lost in the push to get the project done.
- Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign.
- (military) A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
- A wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score
- (computing) The addition of a data item to the top of a stack.
- (Internet, uncountable) The situation where a server sends data to a client without waiting for a request, as in server push, push technology.
- (dated) A crowd or throng or people
Middle English pushen, poshen, posson, from Middle French pousser (Modern French pousser) from Old French poulser, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to beat, strike". Displaced native Middle English thrucchen (“to push") (from Old English Ã¾ryccan (“to push")), Middle English scauten (“to push, thrust") (from Old Norse skota), Middle English schoven (“to push, shove") (from Old English scofian), Middle English schuven (“to shove, push") (from Old English scÅ«fan, scÄ“ofan (“to shove, push, thrust")), Middle English thuden, thudden (“to push, press, thrust") (from Old English Ã¾È³dan, Ã¾yddan (“to thrust, press, push")).