push: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (poosh), [key]
- to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
- to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push something aside; to push the door open.
- to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside: to push one's way through the crowd.
- to cause to extend or project; thrust.
- to press or urge to some action or course: His mother pushed him to get a job.
- to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence: to push a bill through Congress.
- to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme: She pushed the project to completion.
- to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of: to push inferior merchandise on customers.
- to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone: The prosecutor pushed him for an answer.
- to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually fol. by for): to be pushed for time.
- to peddle (illicit drugs).
- to be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like: The maestro is pushing ninety-two.
- to modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.
- to exert a thrusting force upon something.
- to use steady force in moving a thing away; shove.
- to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
- to extend or project; thrust: The point of land pushed far out into the sea.
- to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
- to sell illicit drugs.
- to move on being pushed: a swinging door that pushes easily.
- to treat contemptuously and unfairly; bully: She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around.
- to go away; depart: We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning.
- to press forward; continue; proceed: The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains.
- See(def. 9).
- the act of pushing; a shove or thrust.
- a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
- a vigorous onset or effort.
- a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
- a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign: The big push began in April.
- the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
- persevering energy; enterprise.
- a crowd or company of people.
- dismissal from a job; sack.
- a gang of hoodlums.
- 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.
- push (Thesaurus)