What does Push mean?

Definitions for Push

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Push.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. push, pushingnoun

    the act of applying force in order to move something away

    "he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good exercise"

  2. push, thrustnoun

    the force used in pushing

    "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines"

  3. energy, push, get-up-and-gonoun

    enterprising or ambitious drive

    "Europeans often laugh at American energy"

  4. push button, push, buttonnoun

    an electrical switch operated by pressing

    "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"

  5. pushverb

    an effort to advance

    "the army made a push toward the sea"

  6. push, forceverb

    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

  7. push, bear onverb

    press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

    "He pushed her to finish her doctorate"

  8. advertise, advertize, promote, pushverb

    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"

  9. tug, labor, labour, push, driveverb

    strive and 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"

  10. pushverb

    press against forcefully without moving

    "she pushed against the wall with all her strength"

  11. push, crowdverb

    approach a certain age or speed

    "She is pushing fifty"

  12. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitateverb

    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"

  13. pushverb

    sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)

    "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"

  14. pushverb

    move strenuously and with effort

    "The crowd pushed forward"

  15. press, pushverb

    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

    "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"


  1. pushnoun

    A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.

    Give the door a hard push if it sticks.

  2. pushnoun

    An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.

    One more push and the baby will be out.

  3. pushnoun

    A great effort (to do something).

  4. pushnoun

    A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.

  5. pushnoun

    A wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score

  6. pushnoun

    The addition of a data item to the top of a stack.

  7. pushnoun

    The situation where a server sends data to a client without waiting for a request, as in server push, push technology.

  8. pushnoun

    A crowd or throng or people

  9. pushverb

    To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.

    In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me.

  10. pushverb

    To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.

  11. pushverb

    To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).

    Stop pushing the issue uE00026975uE001 I'm not interested.

  12. pushverb

    To promote a product with the intention of selling it.

  13. pushverb

    To approach; to come close to.

  14. pushverb

    To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.

    You need to push quite hard to get this door open.

  15. pushverb

    To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.

    During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to push.

  16. pushverb

    To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.

  17. pushverb

    To make a higher bid at an auction.

  18. pushverb

    To make an all-in bet.

  19. pushverb

    To move (a pawn) directly forward.

  20. Etymology: pushen, from pousser (Modern pousser) from poulser, from pulsare, frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to beat, strike". Displaced native thrucchen (from þryccan), scauten (from skota), schoven (from scofian), schuven (from scufan, sceofan), thuden, thudden (from þydan, þyddan).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pushnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Ne might his corse be harmed
    With dint of sword or push of pointed spear. Edmund Spenser.

    So great was the puissance of his push,
    That from his sadle quite he did him bear. Fa. Queen.

    They, like resolute men, stood in the face of the breach, receiving them with deadly shot and push of pike, in such furious manner, that the Turks began to retire. Richard Knolles.

    Jove was not more
    With infant nature, when his spacious hand
    Had rounded this huge ball of earth and seas
    To give it the first push, and see it roll
    Along the vast abyss. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    He gave his countenance against his name,
    To laugh with gybing boys, and stand the push
    Of every beardless vain comparative. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    When such a resistance is made, these bold talkers will draw in their horns, when their fierce and feeble pushes against truth are repelled with pushing and confidence. Isaac Watts.

    A sudden push gives them the overthrow;
    Ride, ride, Messala. William Shakespeare.

    Away he goes, makes his push, stands the shock of a battle, and compounds for leaving of a leg behind him. Roger L'Estrange.

    We have beaten the French from all their advanced posts, and driven them into their last entrenchments: one vigorous push, one general assault will force the enemy to cry out for quarter. Addison.

    We’ll put the matter to the present push. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis common to talk of dying for a friend; but when it comes to the push, ’tis no more than talk. Roger L'Estrange.

    The question we would put, is not whether the sacrament of the mass be as truly propitiatory, as those under the law? but whether it be as truly a sacrifice? if so, then it is a true proper sacrifice, and is not only commemorative or representative, as we are told at a push. Francis Atterbury.

    There’s time enough for that;
    Lest they desire, upon this push, to trouble
    Your joys with like relation. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    He that was praised to his hurt, should have a push rise upon his nose; as a blister will rise upon one’s tongue, that tells a lye. Francis Bacon, Essays.

  2. To PUSHverb

    Etymology: pousser, Fr.

    If the ox push a man-servant, he shall be stoned. Ex. xxi.

    The youth push away my feet. Job xxx. 12.

    Shew your mended faiths,
    To push destruction and perpetual shame
    Out of the weak door of our fainting land. William Shakespeare.

    Through thee will we push down our enemies. Ps. xliv. 5.

    Waters forcing way,
    Sidelong had push’d a mountain from his seat,
    Half sunk with all his pines. John Milton.

    The description of this terrible scene threw her into an hysterick fit, which might have proved dangerous, if Cornelius had not been pushed out of the room. Scriblerus Club .

    He forewarns his care
    With rules to push his fortune or to bear. Dryden.

    With such impudence did he push this matter, that when he heard the cries of above a million of people begging for their bread, he termed it the clamours of faction. Addison.

    Arts and sciences, in one and the same century, have arrived at great perfection, and no wonder, since every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies, the work then being pushed on by many hands, must go forward. Dryden.

    Ambition pushes the soul to such actions, as are apt to procure honour to the actor. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    We are pushed for an answer, and are forced at last freely to confess, that the corruptions of the administration were intolerable. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Pushverb

    But issues, ere the fight, his dread command,
    That none shall dare
    With shortned sword to stab in closer war,
    Nor push with biting point, but strike at length. Dryden.

    A calf will so manage his head, as though he would push with his horns even before they shoot. John Ray.

    Lambs, though they never saw the actions of their species, push with their foreheads, before the budding of a horn. Addison.

    War seem’d asleep for nine long years; at length
    Both sides resolv’d to push, we try’d our strength. Dryden.

    The king of the South shall push at him, and the king of the North shall come against him. Dan. xi. 40.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pushnoun

    a pustule; a pimple

  2. Pushverb

    to press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to draw

  3. Pushverb

    to thrust the points of the horns against; to gore

  4. Pushverb

    to press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far

  5. Pushverb

    to bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass

  6. Pushverb

    to importune; to press with solicitation; to tease

  7. Pushverb

    to make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword

  8. Pushverb

    to make an advance, attack, or effort; to be energetic; as, a man must push in order to succeed

  9. Pushverb

    to burst pot, as a bud or shoot

  10. Pushnoun

    a thrust with a pointed instrument, or with the end of a thing

  11. Pushnoun

    any thrust. pressure, impulse, or force, or force applied; a shove; as, to give the ball the first push

  12. Pushnoun

    an assault or attack; an effort; an attempt; hence, the time or occasion for action

  13. Pushnoun

    the faculty of overcoming obstacles; aggressive energy; as, he has push, or he has no push

  14. Etymology: [Probably F. poche. See Pouch.]


  1. Push

    In professional wrestling, a push is an attempt by the booker to make the wrestler win more matches and become more popular or more reviled with the fans depending on whether they are a heel or a face. A push can also be based on a single major win against a major star, and it is not uncommon for a push to be accompanied by a turn or a change in the wrestler's gimmick. Pushing is usually done for new wrestlers. This is essentially the opposite of a bury, which in contrast to the high profile of a push is typically done with little or no fanfare. Sometimes the fans generate the push for a wrestler themselves when their approval for the wrestler's work generates a positive reaction from them that is not anticipated. A push can also be attributed to a political shift in the promotion's offices. Cowboy Bill Watts, whose promotions always consisted of an African-American main event babyface, began pushing Ron Simmons, a midcarder, to main event status and eventually to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship upon being put in charge of World Championship Wrestling. In WWE, following the fallout from the Signature Pharmacy Scandal, smaller and less muscular wrestlers such as CM Punk and Jeff Hardy began to get pushed and Vince McMahon confirmed the paradigm shift by mentioning that today's fans are drawn by charisma and not size.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Push

    pōōsh, v.t. to thrust or press against: to drive by pressure: to press forward: to urge: to press hard: to thrust, as with a sword.—v.i. to make a thrust: to make an effort: to press against: to burst out.—n. a thrust: an impulse: assault: effort: exigence: (Bacon) a pustule, a pimple, eruption.—n. Push′er, one who pushes: a stem or rod.—adj. Push′ing, pressing forward in business: enterprising: vigorous.—n. Push′ing-jack, an implement for starting a railway-carriage, &c.—adv. Push′ingly.—n. Push′-pin (Shak.), a children's game in which pins are pushed alternately. [Fr. pousser—L. pulsāre, freq. of pellĕre, pulsum, to beat.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. push

    [from the operation that puts the current information on a stack, and the fact that procedure return addresses are saved on a stack] (Also PUSH /push/ or PUSHJ /push´J/, the latter based on the PDP-10 procedure call instruction.) 1. To put something onto a stack. If one says that something has been pushed onto one's stack, it means that the Damoclean list of things hanging over ones's head has grown longer and heavier yet. This may also imply that one will deal with it before other pending items; otherwise one might say that the thing was ‘added to my queue’. 2. vi. To enter upon a digression, to save the current discussion for later. Antonym of pop; see also stack.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. push

    To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; as, to push back an enemy.

  2. push

    An assault or attack; a forcible onset; a vigorous effort.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PUSH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Push is ranked #75317 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Push surname appeared 256 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Push.

    86.7% or 222 total occurrences were White.
    10.1% or 26 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Push' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3623

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Push' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1454

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Push' in Verbs Frequency: #215

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Push in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Push in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Push in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Watters:

    Liberals are renewing their push for a forever pandemic, david Frum from ‘ The Atlantic ’ had a truly despicable idea suggesting treating unvaxxed patients last at hospitals.

  2. Thomas Abt:

    Over time, there can be cynicism, both among the community members and among the cops themselves about the solvability of these crimes, it’s very important that we try to push back on that cynicism as much as possible.

  3. Ejaz Haider:

    There is obviously going to be push-back from Pakistan, because if it (the drone) does get through in some way or other it enhances Indian capability.

  4. Elton John:

    If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion.

  5. Bryden Teich:

    A lot of those more long-term defensive names that snapped down early in the week, you're seeing bounce back up today, that's what's helping push the market up.

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Translations for Push

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  • دفعArabic
  • штурхаць, штурхнуцьBelarusian
  • бутам, блъскамBulgarian
  • ধাক্কানো, ধাক্কা দেওয়া, ধাক্কাBengali
  • empènyerCatalan, Valencian
  • tlačit, pohánět, prosazovatCzech
  • vordrängeln, drängen, schieben, drücken, drängeln, stoßen, Stoß, SchubsGerman
  • σπρώχνωGreek
  • empujar, pujar, empujónSpanish
  • هل دادنPersian
  • työntääFinnish
  • pousserFrench
  • triuweWestern Frisian
  • put, stobScottish Gaelic
  • empurrar, empuxarGalician
  • धकेलनाHindi
  • megtol, lök, tolHungarian
  • հրելArmenian
  • pulsarIdo
  • ýta, hrindaIcelandic
  • spingereItalian
  • 押すJapanese
  • ជំរុញ, រុញKhmer
  • 밀다Korean
  • pelloLatin
  • skubināt, spiestLatvian
  • бутка, туркаMacedonian
  • တွန်းBurmese
  • duwen, duwDutch
  • dytte, skubbeNorwegian
  • butarOccitan
  • pchać, pchnąć, popychać, popchnąćPolish
  • empurrar, empurrãoPortuguese
  • tanqayQuechua
  • împinge, apăsaRomanian
  • пихнуть, толкнуть, толкать, проталкивать, подгонять, продвигать, подталкивать, тужиться, пихать, толчокRussian
  • ipinghere, spingiri, ispinghereSardinian
  • potisnuti, потиснути, гурати, guratiSerbo-Croatian
  • tlačiťSlovak
  • potiskati, tiskatiSlovene
  • smatgarSamoan
  • skjuta på, ryckSwedish
  • kusukumaSwahili
  • శక్తివంతముగా తోయుట, ఆగగని ప్రతిపాదన, తోయు, బలవంతంగా చేయించు, నెట్టు, హృదయాంతర్గత రాగము, ప్రతిపాదించు, నిరంతర వత్తిడి, బృహత్ ప్రయత్నం, విన్యాసము, వెనుకకు నెట్టి ముందుకు పోవుTelugu
  • ดัน, ผลัก, กดThai
  • штовхатиUkrainian
  • دھکیلناUrdu
  • xô, đẩyVietnamese

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    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    • A. witless
    • B. noninvasive
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