WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
push /pʊʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to press against with force in order to move: [+ object]He rudely pushed them aside.[no object]They were pushing and shoving.
  2. to move (something) in a certain way, as by exerting force: [+ object]pushed the door open.[no object]He pushed past me.
  3. to (cause to) extend or stick up or out;
    thrust: [no object]The plant pushed out of the soil.[+ object]Pressure pushed lava to the surface.
  4. to urge (someone) to some action, or on some course of action: [no object]He's pushing too hard at his new job.[+ object]He's pushing himself too hard; he needs a break.[+ object + to + verb]His parents pushed him to get a job.
  5. to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and by making demands: [+ object]to push a bill through Congress.[no object]pushing for passage of the bill.
  6. to urge or promote the use, sale, adoption, etc., of something;
    promote:[no object]still pushing for his vision of what our group should be about.
  7. to press or bear hard upon:[+ object]The lawyer began to push the witness for an answer.
  8. Drugs, Slang Terms[Slang.]to sell (illegal drugs):[+ [object]He was arrested for pushing cocaine and heroin.
  9. Informal TermsInformal.]to be approaching:[be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]The car was pushing the speed limit.
  10. push around, to bully or intimidate: [+ object + around]always pushing the younger boys around.[+ around + object]always pushing around boys weaker than himself.
  11. push off, [no object][Informal.]to go away;
    depart.
  12. push on, [no object] to proceed;
    press forward:He pushed on with the project.

n. 
  1. [countable] the act of pushing;
    a shove or thrust.
  2. [countable] a strong, determined effort, campaign, advance, military attack, etc.
  3. Informal Terms[uncountable]energy to complete an activity;
    purpose;
    drive;
    enterprise.
Idioms
  1. Idiomswhen or if push comes to shove, when or if a problem must finally be dealt with.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
push  (pŏŏsh),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
  2. to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force;
    shove;
    drive:to push something aside; to push the door open.
  3. to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside:to push one's way through the crowd.
  4. to cause to extend or project;
    thrust.
  5. to press or urge to some action or course:His mother pushed him to get a job.
  6. to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence:to push a bill through Congress.
  7. to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme:She pushed the project to completion.
  8. to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of:to push inferior merchandise on customers.
  9. to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone:The prosecutor pushed him for an answer.
  10. to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually fol. by for):to be pushed for time.
  11. Drugs, Slang Terms[Slang.]to peddle (illicit drugs).
  12. Informal Termsto be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like:The maestro is pushing ninety-two.
  13. Photographyto modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.

v.i. 
  1. to exert a thrusting force upon something.
  2. to use steady force in moving a thing away;
    shove.
  3. to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
  4. to extend or project;
    thrust:The point of land pushed far out into the sea.
  5. to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
  6. Drugs[Slang.]to sell illicit drugs.
  7. to move on being pushed:a swinging door that pushes easily.
  8. push around, to treat contemptuously and unfairly;
    bully:She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around.
  9. push off, [Informal.]to go away;
    depart:We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning.
  10. push on, to press forward;
    continue;
    proceed:The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains.
  11. push one's luck. See  luck (def. 9).

n. 
  1. the act of pushing;
    a shove or thrust.
  2. a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
  3. a vigorous onset or effort.
  4. a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
  5. a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign:The big push began in April.
  6. the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
  7. Informal Termspersevering energy;
    enterprise.
  8. Informal Termsa crowd or company of people.
  9. British Termsdismissal from a job;
    sack.
  10. British Terms[Australian Slang.]a gang of hoodlums.
  11. Idiomswhen or  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.
  • Latin pulsāre. See pulsate
  • Middle French pousser, Old French po(u)lser
  • Middle English pushen, poshen, posson (verb, verbal) 1250–1300
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged shoulder.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged persuade, impel.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

push /pʊʃ/ vb
  1. when tr, often followed by off, away, etc: to apply steady force to (something) in order to move it
  2. to thrust (one's way) through something, such as a crowd, by force
  3. (transitive) to encourage or urge (a person) to some action, decision, etc
  4. when intr,often followed by for: to be an advocate or promoter (of): to push for acceptance of one's theories
  5. (transitive) to use one's influence to help (a person): to push one's own candidate
  6. to bear upon (oneself or another person) in order to achieve more effort, better results, etc
  7. to hit (a ball) with a stiff pushing stroke
  8. (transitive) informal to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
n
  1. the act of pushing; thrust
  2. a part or device that is pressed to operate some mechanism
  3. informal a special effort or attempt to advance, as of an army in a war
  4. Austral slang a group or gang, esp one considered to be a clique
  5. a stiff pushing stroke
  6. at a pushinformal with difficulty; only just
  7. the pushinformal chiefly Brit dismissal, esp from employment

See also push in, push offEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsāre, from pellere to drive



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