nudge - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlenudging
past tensenudged
past participlenudged
  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.