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[n] the act of applying force in order to move something away; "he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good exercise"
[n] an effort to advance; "the army made a push toward the sea"
[n] an electrical switch operated by pressing a button; "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
[n] enterprising or ambitious drive; "Europeans often laugh at American energy"
[n] the force used in pushing; "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines"
[v] press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action; "He pushed her to finish her doctorate"
[v] make publicity for; try to sell (a product); "The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model"; "The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops"
[v] make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"
[v] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal; "She 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"
[v] move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
[v] press against forcefully without being able to move; "she pushed against the wall with all her strength"
[v] approach a certain age or speed; "She is pushing fifty"
[v] sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs); "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
[v] 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; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

Antonyms

draw, pull

Misc. Definitions

\Push\, n. A crowd; a company or clique of associates; a gang. [Slang]
\Push\, n. [Probably F. poche. See {Pouch}.] A pustule; a pimple. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Bacon.
\Push\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pushed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pushing}.] [OE. possen, pussen, F. pousser, fr. L. pulsare, v. intens. fr. pellere, pulsum, to beat, knock, push. See {Pulse} a beating, and cf. {Pursy}.]
1. To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to {draw}. Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat. --Milton.
2. To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore. If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned. --Ex. xxi. 3
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3. To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far. `` To push his fortune.'' --Dryden. Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honor to the actor. --Spectator. We are pushed for an answer. --Swift.
4. To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass.
5. To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease. {To push down}, to overthrow by pushing or impulse.
\Push\, v. i.
1. To make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword. --Shak.
2. To make an advance, attack, or effort; to be energetic; as, a man must push in order to succeed. At the time of the end shall the kind of the south push at him and the king of the north shall come against him. --Dan. xi. 40. War seemed asleep for nine long years; at length Both sides resolved to push, we tried our strength. --Dryden.
3. To burst pot, as a bud or shoot. {To push on}, to drive or urge forward; to hasten. The rider pushed on at a rapid pace. --Sir W. Scott.
\Push\, n.
1. A thrust with a pointed instrument, or with the end of a thing.
2. Any thrust. pressure, impulse, or force, or force applied; a shove; as, to give the ball the first push.
3. An assault or attack; an effort; an attempt; hence, the time or occasion for action. Exact reformation is not perfected at the first push. --Milton. When it comes to the push, 'tis no more than talk. --L' Estrange.
4. The faculty of overcoming obstacles; aggressive energy; as, he has push, or he has no push. [Colloq.] Syn: See {Thrust}.

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