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verb thrust pronunciation in American English /θrʌst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlethrusting
past tensethrust
past participlethrust
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to put something somewhere with a quick hard push
    He thrust a microphone under her nose.
    thrust something into/through/toward/under something: The man thrust his hands into his pockets.
    They were stopping cars and thrusting leaflets through the windows.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move somewhere by pushing hard and quickly
      thrust forward/forwards/through/toward: He felt the great machine thrust forward with unbelievable power.
      Finding a gap, she thrust through the brambles.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to attack someone
    thrust at: The man then thrust at me with his sword.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] mainly literary to continue beyond the rest of something
    thrust upwards/out of/through: A church spire thrust upward.


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