push Definition

  • 1exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force
  • 2move (something) by exerting force on it
  • 3make a strenuous effort to do something

Using push: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "push" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She pushed the door open with her foot.

  • Example

    He pushed his plate away and leaned back in his chair.

  • Example

    I had to push my bike up the hill.

  • Example

    She pushed herself to finish the race.

push Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for push

Antonyms for push

Phrases with push

  • push someone's buttons

    to deliberately provoke or annoy someone


    Don't talk about politics around him, it always seems to push his buttons.

  • when a situation becomes critical or desperate


    We don't have enough money for both, so if push comes to shove, we'll have to choose between the two options.

  • to go beyond the limits of what is normally done or considered acceptable


    The company is always trying to push the envelope with their new products.


Summary: push in Brief

To 'push' [pʊʃ] means to exert force on something or someone, either to move it away or to make it move. It can also mean to make a strenuous effort to do something. Examples include 'She pushed the door open with her foot' and 'She pushed herself to finish the race.' Phrases like 'push someone's buttons' and 'push the envelope' add additional meanings to the term.

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