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  1. push
  2. verb

    • 1. exert force on (someone or something), typically with one's hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force:

      she pushed her glass toward him Lydia pushed the door shut he pushed at the skylight, but it wouldn't budge
    • 2. hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move along in front of one:

      a woman was pushing a stroller
    • 3. move one's body or a part of it into a specified position, especially forcefully or with effort:

      she pushed her hands into her pockets
    • 4. press (a part of a machine or other device):

      he pushed the button for the twentieth floor
      Synonym : press (down), push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze, operate, activate, actuate
    • 5. cause to reach a particular level or state:

      the political chaos could push the country into recession they expect that the huge crop will push down prices
    • 6. move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside:

      she pushed her way through the crowded streets he pushed past an old woman in his haste
      Synonym : force (one's way), shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder, thread, wind, work, inch
    • 7. (of an army) advance over territory:

      the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital
    • 8. exert oneself to attain something or surpass others:

      I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish
    • 9. be nearly (a particular age):

      she must be pushing forty, but she's still a good looker
    • 10. compel or urge (someone) to do something, especially to work hard:

      she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard
    • 11. demand persistently:

      the council continued to push for the better management of water resources
    • 12. have very little of something, especially time:

      I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment
    • 13. promote the use, sale, or acceptance of:

      the company is pushing a $500 asking price
      Synonym : advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, beat/bang the drum for, popularize, sell, market, merchandise, plug, give a plug to, hype, hype up, give a puff to, puff, puff up, boost, flog, ballyhoo, flack, huckster
    • 14. sell (a narcotic drug) illegally:

      she was arrested for pushing hard drugs
    • 15. prepare (a stack) to receive a piece of data on the top.

    • 16. transfer (data) to the top of a stack.

    • 17. develop (a film) so as to compensate for deliberate underexposure:

      some films can be pushed during processing


  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: push, plural noun: pushes

    • v.: verb: push, 3rd person present: pushes, gerund or present participle: pushing, past tense: pushed, past participle: pushed

    • verb

      exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself:

      hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move in front of one:

    • noun

      an act of pushing someone or something in order to move them away from oneself:

      an act of pressing a part of a machine or device:

    • verb

      start (a motor vehicle) by pushing it and putting it in gear in order to make the engine turn:
    • noun

      an act of push-starting a motor vehicle:
    • adjective

      operated by pushing and pulling:

      having or involving two matched tubes or transistors that operate 180 degrees out of phase, conducting alternately for increased output:

    • noun

      a button that is pushed to operate an electrical device:
    • noun

      the development of film so as to compensate for deliberate underexposure, thereby increasing the effective film speed.
    • noun

      an automated message sent by an application to a user when the application is not open:
    • noun

      an ostensible opinion poll in which the true objective is to sway voters using loaded or manipulative questions.
    • use an oar, boathook, etc., to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from shore or away from another vessel
    • go away; depart
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