verb (used with object)
to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push something aside; to push the door open.
to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside: to push one's way through the crowd.
to cause to extend or project; thrust.
to press or urge to some action or course: His mother pushed him to get a job.
to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence: to push a bill through Congress.
to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme: She pushed the project to completion.
to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of: to push inferior merchandise on customers.
to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone: The prosecutor pushed him for an answer.
to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually followed by for ): to be pushed for time.
Slang. to peddle (illicit drugs).
Informal. to be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like: The maestro is pushing ninety-two.
Photography. to modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.
verb (used without object)
to exert a thrusting force upon something.
to use steady force in moving a thing away; shove.
to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
to extend or project; thrust: The point of land pushed far out into the sea.
to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
Slang. to sell illicit drugs.
to move on being pushed: a swinging door that pushes easily.
the act of pushing; a shove or thrust.
a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
a vigorous onset or effort.
a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign: The big push began in April.
the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
Informal. persevering energy; enterprise.
Informal. a crowd or company of people.
British. dismissal from a job; sack.
Australian Slang. a gang of hoodlums.
Verb phrases
push around, to treat contemptuously and unfairly; bully: She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around.
push off, Informal. to go away; depart: We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning.
push on, to press forward; continue; proceed: The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains.
push one's luck. luck ( def 12 ).
when / if push comes to shove, when or if matters are ultimately confronted or resolved; when or if a problem must be faced; in a crucial situation: If push comes to shove, the government will impose quotas on imports.

1250–1300; Middle English pushen, poshen, posson (v.) < Middle French pousser, Old French po(u)lser < Latin pulsāre. See pulsate

outpush, verb (used with object)
unpushed, adjective

3. shoulder. 5. persuade, impel.
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push (pʊʃ)
vb (when tr, often foll by off, away, etc) (when intr,often foll by for) (when intr,often foll by for)
1.  to apply steady force to (something) in order to move it
2.  to thrust (one's way) through something, such as a crowd, by force
3.  to apply oneself vigorously (to achieving a task, plan, etc)
4.  (tr) to encourage or urge (a person) to some action, decision, etc
5.  to be an advocate or promoter (of): to push for acceptance of one's theories
6.  (tr) to use one's influence to help (a person): to push one's own candidate
7.  to bear upon (oneself or another person) in order to achieve more effort, better results, etc: she was a woman who liked to push her husband
8.  a.  (tr) to take undue risks, esp through overconfidence, thus risking failure: to push one's luck
 b.  (intr) to act overconfidently
9.  sport to hit (a ball) with a stiff pushing stroke
10.  informal (tr) to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
11.  (intr; foll by out, into, etc) (esp of geographical features) to reach or extend: the cliffs pushed out to the sea
12.  (tr) to overdevelop (a photographic film), usually by the equivalent of up to two stops, to compensate for underexposure or increase contrast
13.  slang push up daisies, push up the daisies to be dead and buried
14.  the act of pushing; thrust
15.  a part or device that is pressed to operate some mechanism
16.  informal ambitious or enterprising drive, energy, etc
17.  informal a special effort or attempt to advance, as of an army in a war: to make a push
18.  informal a number of people gathered in one place, such as at a party
19.  slang (Austral) a group or gang, esp one considered to be a clique
20.  sport a stiff pushing stroke
21.  informal at a push with difficulty; only just
22.  informal chiefly (Brit) the push dismissal, esp from employment
23.  informal when push comes to shove when matters become critical; when a decision needs to be made
[C13: from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsāre, from pellere to drive]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. poulser, from L. pulsare "to beat, strike, push," frequentative of pellere (pp. pulsus) "to push, drive, beat" (see pulse (1)). The noun is first recorded 1570. Meaning "approach a certain age" is from 1937. Meaning "promote" (1714) led to pusher "peddler
of illegal drugs," first recorded 1935 in prison slang (earlier it meant "prostitute," 1923). Pushy "forward, aggressive" first recorded 1936. To push (someone) around is from 1923. Phrase push comes to shove is from 1958; to push (one's) luck is from 1911. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. Push-up, the exercise, is from 1906; to push up daisies "be dead and buried" is from c.1860. Push-button (n.) is from 1898; adj. sense "characterized by the use of push-buttons" is from 1946.
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