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verb     thrust pronunciation in British English
/θrʌst/
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present tense
I/you/we/theythrust
he/she/itthrusts
present participlethrusting
past tensethrust
past participlethrust
  1. 1
    [transitive] to put something somewhere with a quick hard push
    thrust something into/through/towards/under something:

    The man thrust his hands into his pockets.

    They were stopping cars and thrusting leaflets through the windows.

    He thrust a microphone under her nose.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move somewhere by pushing hard and quickly
      thrust forward/forwards/through/towards:

      He felt the great machine thrust forwards 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 upwards.

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