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Etymology

From Old French poulser (modern pousser), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pulsare.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to push

Third person singular
push

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to push (third-person singular simple present push, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
  3. (transitive) To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).
    Stop pushing the issue — I'm not interested.
  4. (transitive) To promote a product with the intention of selling it.
    They're pushing that perfume again.
    There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To approach; to come close to.
    My old car is pushing 250,000 miles.
    He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
  6. (intransitive) To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.
    You need to push quite hard to get this door open.
  7. (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.
  8. (intransitive) To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
  9. To make a higher bid at an auction

Synonyms

  • (transitive: apply a force to (an object) so it moves away): press, shove
  • (continue to attempt to persuade): press, urge
  • (continue to attempt to promote (a point of view)): press
  • (promote a product with the intention of selling it): advertise, promote
  • (come close to): approach, near
  • (intransitive: apply force to an object so that it moves away): press, shove
  • (tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents): bear down
  • (intransitive: to continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action):

Antonyms

  • (apply a force to something so it moves away): draw, pull, tug

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

Singular
push

Plural
es

push (es)
  1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
    Give the door a hard push if it sticks.
  2. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
    One more push and the baby will be out.
  3. 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.
  4. (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.
  5. a wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score

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