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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theypush back
he/she/itpushes back
present participlepushing back
past tensepushed back
past participlepushed back

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  1. 1
    to arrange a later time for something

    The deadline has been pushed back two weeks.

    push something back to/until something:

    Can I push back our meeting to 27 May?

  2. 2
    push back the limits/frontiers to discover new things about something or a better way of doing it

    We're pushing back the frontiers of technology.

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