push

When you push, you use force to make something move, usually by giving it a shove. You might push a cafe door open or push someone around to get your way. Bully!

There's a physical way to push, and then there's a figurative way, when you make an extra effort: "If I push myself, I can finish this marathon." You can push other people too: "My parents push me to get good grades." The act of pushing is also a push: "Will you give me a push on the tire swing?" If you push someone around, you intimidate or control them.

Definitions of push
  1. verb
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
    synonyms: force
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    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
    pull
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
    draw, pull
    cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
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    nudge, poke at, prod
    to push against gently
    press
    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
    beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
    cause to move back by force or influence
    shove
    push roughly
    flick, jerk
    throw or toss with a quick motion
    jostle, shove
    come into rough contact with while moving
    nose
    push or move with the nose
    obtrude, push out, thrust out
    push to thrust outward
    push aside, push away
    push out of the way
    muscle into
    force one's way
    push up
    push upward
    thrust
    push forcefully
    drive
    urge forward
    jam
    push down forcibly
    shove, squeeze, stuff, thrust
    press or force
    tip, topple, tumble
    cause to topple or tumble by pushing
    dig, jab, poke, prod, stab
    poke or thrust abruptly
    jab, stab
    stab or pierce
    jog
    give a slight push to
    shoulder
    push with the shoulders
    elbow
    shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
    boost
    push or shove upward, as if from below or behind
    drive, force, ram
    force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
    pound, ram, ram down
    strike or drive against with a heavy impact
    punch
    drive forcibly as if by a punch
    uplift
    lift up or elevate
    boost up
    push upward
    elbow
    push one's way with the elbows
    shoulder in
    push one's way in with one's shoulders
    dig
    thrust down or into
    mush
    drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    press against forcefully without moving
    “she pushed against the wall with all her strength”
    Synonyms:
    force
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
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    press
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  3. verb
    move strenuously and with effort
    “The crowd pushed forward”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
    “`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman”
    synonyms: press
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    force
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
  5. noun
    the act of applying force in order to move something away
    “he gave the door a hard push
    “the pushing is good exercise”
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    depression
    pushing down
    jog, nudge
    a slight push or shake
    press, pressing, pressure
    the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    shove
    the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)
    boost
    the act of giving a push
    click, mouse click
    depression of a button on a computer mouse
    impression
    the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another
    bundling
    the act of shoving hastily
    jostle, jostling
    the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)
    compressing, compression
    applying pressure
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    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  6. noun
    the force used in pushing
    “the push of the water on the walls of the tank”
    synonyms: thrust
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    force
    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  7. verb
    press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
    “He pushed her to finish her doctorate”
    synonyms: bear on
    drive, labor, labour, tug
    strive and make an effort to reach a goal
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    nudge
    push into action by pestering or annoying gently
    bull, bull through
    push or force
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    exhort, press, urge, urge on
    force or impel in an indicated direction
  8. verb
    strive and make an effort to reach a goal
    “We have to push a little to make the deadline!”
    synonyms: drive, labor, labour, tug
    bear on
    press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
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    reach, strain, strive
    to exert much effort or energy
    extend oneself
    strain to the utmost
    kill oneself, overexert oneself
    strain oneself more than is healthy
    bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble, trouble oneself
    take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
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    fight, struggle
    make a strenuous or labored effort
  9. verb
    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
    “The liberal party pushed for reforms”
    “The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate”
    synonyms: agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press
    advertise, advertize, promote
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
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    advertise, advertize, promote
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
  10. noun
    enterprising or ambitious drive
    synonyms: energy, get-up-and-go
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    second wind
    renewed energy or strength to continue an undertaking
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    drive
    the trait of being highly motivated
  11. noun
    an effort to advance
    “the army made a push toward the sea”
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    advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
    the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
  12. verb
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    “The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model”
    synonyms: advertise, advertize, promote
    agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press
    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
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    propagandise, propagandize
    spread by propaganda
    plug
    make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote
    bill
    advertise especially by posters or placards
    agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press
    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
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    praise
    express approval of
  13. verb
    sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
    “The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs”
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    deal, sell, trade
    do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  14. verb
    approach a certain age or speed
    “She is pushing fifty”
    synonyms: crowd
  15. noun
    an electrical switch operated by pressing
    “the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk”
    synonyms: button, push button
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    bell push
    a button that is pushed to ring a bell
    bell, buzzer, doorbell
    a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
    horn button
    a button that you press to activate the horn of an automobile
    mouse button
    a push button on the mouse
    panic button
    a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergency
    reset button
    a push button that you press to activate the reset mechanism
    night bell
    a doorbell to be used at night
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    electric switch, electrical switch, switch
    control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
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