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English noun: push

1. push (act) the act of applying force in order to move something away

SamplesHe gave the door a hard push.
The pushing is good exercise.


Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion

Narrower (hyponym)boost, depression, jog, nudge, press, pressing, pressure, shove

2. push (phenomenon) the force used in pushing

SamplesThe push of the water on the walls of the tank.
The thrust of the jet engines.


Broader (hypernym)force

3. push (attribute) enterprising or ambitious drive

SamplesEuropeans often laugh at American energy.

Synonymsenergy, get-up-and-go

Broader (hypernym)drive

Narrower (hyponym)second wind

4. push (artifact) an electrical switch operated by pressing

SamplesThe elevator was operated by push buttons.
The push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk.

Synonymsbutton, push button

Broader (hypernym)electric switch, electrical switch, switch

Narrower (hyponym)bell, bell push, buzzer, doorbell, horn button, mouse button, panic button, reset button

Part meronympush-button radio

5. push (act) an effort to advance

SamplesThe army made a push toward the sea.

Broader (hypernym)advance, advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression

English verb: push

1. push (motion) move with force,

SamplesHe pushed the table into a corner.

ExamplesThey push the books into the box


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)beat back, drive, drive, flick, force back, jam, jerk, jostle, muscle into, nose, nudge, obtrude, poke at, press, prod, push, push aside, push away, push back, push out, push up, repel, repulse, shove, shove, shove, squeeze, stuff, thrust, thrust, thrust out, tip, topple, tumble

Entailmove, press

Verb grouppush

Antonymsdraw, pull, force

2. push (communication) press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

SamplesHe pushed her to finish her doctorate.

ExamplesSam cannot push Sue

Synonymsbear on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)exhort, press, urge, urge on

Narrower (hyponym)bull, bull through, nudge

Verb groupdrive, labor, labour, push, tug

3. push (communication) make publicity for; try to sell (a product)

SamplesThe salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model.
The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops.

ExamplesSam and Sue push the movie

Synonymsadvertise, advertize, promote

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)praise

Narrower (hyponym)agitate, bill, campaign, crusade, fight, plug, press, propagandise, propagandize, push

Verb groupagitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press, push

4. push (social) strive and make an effort to reach a goal

SamplesShe tugged for years to make a decent living.
We have to push a little to make the deadline!.
She is driving away at her doctoral thesis.

Synonymsdrive, labor, labour, tug

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)reach, strain, strive

Verb groupbear on, push

5. push (motion) press against forcefully without moving

SamplesShe pushed against the wall with all her strength.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)press

Verb groupforce, push, push

6. push (motion) approach a certain age or speed

SamplesShe is pushing fifty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)approach, come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near

7. push (social) exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for

SamplesThe liberal party pushed for reforms.
She is crusading for women's rights.
The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate.

Synonymsagitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)advertise, advertize, promote, push

Verb groupadvertise, advertize, promote, push

8. push (possession) sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)

SamplesThe guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deal, sell, trade

Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

9. push (motion) move strenuously and with effort

SamplesThe crowd pushed forward.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Verb grouppush

10. push (contact) make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

Samples`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)force, push

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