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noun push pronunciation in American English /pʊʃ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a movement in which you push someone or something using part of your body, especially your hands
    He opened the door with a violent push.
    give someone/something a push: Jan helped me give the car a push.
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  2. 2
    [singular] a way of encouraging or forcing someone to do something that they do not want to do
    give someone a push (to do something): I knew I could do it – I just needed someone to give me an extra push.
    need a push (to do something): Some people need a little push to make new friends.
  3. 3
    [countable] a determined attempt to do something
    push for: an unsuccessful push for financial reform
    a push to do something: The two sides began a final push to reach an agreement before the deadline.
  4. 4
    [countable] a movement by an army farther into or through a country or area, using force
    push on: The army begin their push on the town at dawn.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the energy and determination to achieve something
    She has the push to get to the top in any business.



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