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verb push pronunciation in American English /pʊʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypush
he/she/itpushes
present participlepushing
past tensepushed
past participlepushed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move someone or something away from you, or from their previous position, using part of your body, especially your hands

    Push as hard as you can.

    push something around:

    He was pushing a cart around the supermarket.

    push someone/something away:

    She gently pushed him away.

    push something open/shut:

    I pushed the door open with my foot.

    push at:

    He pushed at a door in the courtyard.

    push someone/something into someone/something:

    Rebecca pushed her handkerchief into her pocket.

    push someone/something against someone/something:

    The table had been pushed against the wall.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to press a button on a machine

    To turn on the television, you push this button.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to move past or through a group of people or things by using a part of your body to move them away from you

    Stop pushing and just wait your turn.

    Pushing to the front of the line, he managed to get the last tickets.

    push past:

    He just pushed past Fred and left.

    push your way through:

    I was pushing my way through the crowd.

    push and shove:

    People were pushing and shoving, trying to get to the best seats first.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to encourage or force someone in a determined way to do something they do not want to do
    push someone to do something:

    The United States pushed NATO to authorize military intervention.

    push someone into (doing) something:

    The police pushed her into giving evidence.

    1. a.
      to force someone to make a great effort, especially at school or in their career

      A lot of parents push their children, but my dad always just encourages and supports me.

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  5. 5
    [transitive] informal to try to make people buy a product or accept an idea

    He saw the interview as an opportunity to push his latest movie.

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  6. 6
    [transitive] to make something reach a particular level or standard
    push something up/down/into/toward:

    The Fed had pushed up interest rates sharply to protect the dollar from speculators.

    The strong sunshine had pushed temperatures into the nineties.

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  7. 7
    [transitive] informal to sell illegal drugs
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  8. 8
    [transitive] to make someone impatient or annoyed by behaving in an unreasonable way

    If you push him too far, he'll resign.

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