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  ( pushes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( pushing    present participle)   ( pushed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you push something, you use force to make it move away from you or away from its previous position.  
The woman pushed back her chair and stood up...      V n with adv  
They pushed him into the car.      V n prep  
...a woman pushing a pushchair...      V n  
He put both hands flat on the door and pushed as hard as he could...      V  
When there was no reply, he pushed the door open.      V n adj  
      Push is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
He gave me a sharp push..., Information is called up at the push of a button.     
2       verb   If you push through things that are blocking your way or push your way through them, you use force in order to move past them.  
I pushed through the crowds and on to the escalator...      V prep/adv  
He pushed his way towards her, laughing.      V way prep/adv  
3       verb   If an army pushes into a country or area that it is attacking or invading, it moves further into it.   (=advance)  
One detachment pushed into the eastern suburbs towards the airfield...      V into n  
The army may push southwards into the Kurdish areas.      V adv into n  
      Push is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
All that was needed was one final push, and the enemy would be vanquished once and for all.     
4       verb   To push a value or amount up or down means to cause it to increase or decrease.  
Any shortage could push up grain prices...      V n with adv  
Interest had pushed the loan up to $27,000.      V n prep  
5       verb   If someone or something pushes an idea or project in a particular direction, they cause it to develop or progress in a particular way.  
We are continuing to push the business forward...      V n with adv  
The government seemed intent on pushing local and central government in opposite directions.      V n prep  
6       verb   If you push someone to do something or push them into doing it, you encourage or force them to do it.  
She thanks her parents for keeping her in school and pushing her to study...      V n to-inf  
James did not push her into stealing the money...      V n into -ing  
I knew he was pushing himself to the limit and felt rather anxious...      V n prep/adv  
There is no point in pushing them unless they are talented and they enjoy it.      V n  
      Push is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
We need a push to take the first step.     
7       verb   If you push for something, you try very hard to achieve it or to persuade someone to do it.  
Britain's health experts are pushing for a ban on all cigarette advertising...      V for n  
Germany is pushing for direct flights to be established.      V for n to-inf  
      Push is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
In its push for economic growth it has ignored projects that would improve living standards...     
8       verb   If someone pushes an idea, a point, or a product, they try in a forceful way to convince people to accept it or buy it.  
Ministers will push the case for opening the plant...      V n  
9       verb   When someone pushes drugs, they sell them illegally.  

She was sent for trial yesterday accused of pushing drugs.      V n  
11    If you get the push or are given the push, you are told that you are not wanted any more, either in your job or by someone you are having a relationship with.  
give sb/get the push      phrase   V inflects  
Two cabinet ministers also got the push.     
    to push the boat out  
    to push your luck  
    if push comes to shove  
    shove   push ahead   , push forward      phrasal verb   If you push ahead or push forwardwith something, you make progress with it.  
The government intends to push ahead with its reform programme.      V P with n   push around      phrasal verb   If someone pushes you around, they give you orders in a rude and insulting way.  
INFORMAL   We don't like somebody coming in with lots of money and trying to push people around.      V n P   push forward  
    push ahead   push in      phrasal verb   When someone pushes in, they unfairly join a queue or line in front of other people who have been waiting longer.,   (disapproval)    Nina pushed in next to Liddie.      V P   push on      phrasal verb   When you push on, you continue with a journey or task.  
Although the journey was a long and lonely one, Tumalo pushed on.      V P   push over      phrasal verb   If you push someone or something over, you push them so that they fall onto the ground.  
People have damaged hedges and pushed over walls...      V P n (not pron)  
Anna is always attacking other children, pushing them over.      V n P  
    pushover   push through      phrasal verb   If someone pushes through a law, they succeed in getting it accepted although some people oppose it.  
The vote will enable the Prime Minister to push through tough policies...      V P n (not pron)  
He tried to push the amendment through Parliament.      V n P n  

push bike        ( push bikes    plural  ) A push bike is a bicycle which you move by turning the pedals with your feet.  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-count  
A push-button machine or process is controlled by means of buttons or switches.      adj   ADJ n  
...push-button phones.     
push-up        ( push-ups    plural  ) Push-ups are exercises to strengthen your arms and chest muscles. They are done by lying with your face towards the floor and pushing with your hands to raise your body until your arms are straight.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use press-ups     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    depress, drive, poke, press, propel, ram, shove, thrust  
2    elbow, jostle, make or force one's way, move, shoulder, shove, squeeze, thrust  
3    egg on, encourage, expedite, hurry, impel, incite, persuade, press, prod, speed (up), spur, urge  
4    advertise, boost, cry up, hype, make known, plug     (informal)   promote, propagandize, publicize, puff  
5    browbeat, coerce, constrain, dragoon, encourage, exert influence on, influence, oblige  
6    butt, jolt, nudge, poke, prod, shove, thrust  
7      (informal)   ambition, determination, drive, dynamism, energy, enterprise, get-up-and-go     (informal)   go     (informal)   gumption     (informal)   initiative, pep, vigour, vitality  
8      (informal)   advance, assault, attack, campaign, charge, effort, offensive, onset, thrust  
9    the push        (slang)   discharge, dismissal, kiss-off     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   marching orders     (informal)   one's books     (informal)   one's cards, the boot     (slang)   the (old) heave-ho     (informal)   the order of the boot     (slang)   the sack     (informal)  
,       vb  
1    drag, draw, haul, jerk, pull, tow, trail, tug, yank  
3    deter, discourage, dissuade, put off  
6    jerk, pull, tug, yank  

push off     
beat it     (slang)   depart, get lost     (informal)   go away, hit the road     (slang)   hook it     (slang)   launch, leave, light out     (informal)   make oneself scarce     (informal)   make tracks, pack one's bags     (informal)   shove off     (informal)   slope off, take off     (informal)  

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