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verb British English pronunciation: push /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 someone/something away:

    She gently pushed him away.

    push something around:

    He was pushing a trolley around the supermarket.

    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.

    push something open/shut:

    I pushed open the door with my foot.

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

    To turn on the television, you push this switch.

  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 queue, 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] informal to try to make people buy a product or accept an idea

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

  5. 6
    [transitive] to make something reach a particular level or standard
    push something up/down/into/towards:

    The Bank of England had pushed up interest rates sharply to protect the pound from speculators.

    The strong sunshine had pushed temperatures into the nineties.

  6. 7
    [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 only ever encourages and supports me.

  7. 9
    [intransitive] if an army pushes into, through, or across a country or area, it moves further into, through, or across it, using force

    Government troops pushed into the northern sector.

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