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verb nudge pronunciation in British English /nʌdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theynudge
he/she/itnudges
present participlenudging
past tensenudged
past participlenudged
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to use a part of your body, especially your elbow, to give a little push to someone or something
    Sheila nudged me in the ribs, and pointed at Paul.
    Patrick nudged the door closed with his foot.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something move gradually or a little way in a particular direction
    The central bank can nudge rates lower if necessary.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move gradually in a particular direction
      The temperatures are nudging up into the eighties.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to encourage someone in a gentle way to do something
    She tries to nudge her students into reading more.

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