push back - definition and synonyms

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

See also main entry: push