What does push mean?

Definitions for pushpʊʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word push.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. push, pushing(noun)

    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, thrust(noun)

    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-go(noun)

    enterprising or ambitious drive

    "Europeans often laugh at American energy"

  4. push button, push, button(noun)

    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. push(verb)

    an effort to advance

    "the army made a push toward the sea"

  6. push, force(verb)

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

  7. push, bear on(verb)

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

    "He pushed her to finish her doctorate"

  8. advertise, advertize, promote, push(verb)

    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, drive(verb)

    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. push(verb)

    press against forcefully without moving

    "she pushed against the wall with all her strength"

  11. push, crowd(verb)

    approach a certain age or speed

    "She is pushing fifty"

  12. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate(verb)

    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. push(verb)

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

    "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"

  14. push(verb)

    move strenuously and with effort

    "The crowd pushed forward"

  15. press, push(verb)

    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

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


  1. push(Noun)

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

    Give the door a hard push if it sticks.

  2. push(Noun)

    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. push(Noun)

    A great effort (to do something).

  4. push(Noun)

    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. push(Noun)

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

  6. push(Noun)

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

  7. push(Noun)

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

  8. push(Noun)

    A crowd or throng or people

  9. push(Verb)

    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. push(Verb)

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

  11. push(Verb)

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

    Stop pushing the issue uE00026975uE001 I'm not interested.

  12. push(Verb)

    To promote a product with the intention of selling it.

  13. push(Verb)

    To approach; to come close to.

  14. push(Verb)

    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. push(Verb)

    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. push(Verb)

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

  17. push(Verb)

    To make a higher bid at an auction.

  18. push(Verb)

    To make an all-in bet.

  19. push(Verb)

    To move (a pawn) directly forward.

  20. Origin: 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Push(noun)

    a pustule; a pimple

  2. Push(verb)

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

  3. Push(verb)

    to thrust the points of the horns against; to gore

  4. Push(verb)

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

  5. Push(verb)

    to bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass

  6. Push(verb)

    to importune; to press with solicitation; to tease

  7. Push(verb)

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

  8. Push(verb)

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

  9. Push(verb)

    to burst pot, as a bud or shoot

  10. Push(noun)

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

  11. Push(noun)

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

  12. Push(noun)

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

  13. Push(noun)

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

  14. Origin: [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.

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump:

    We're not allowed to push back anymore.

  2. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes:

    If you never budge, don't expect a push.

  3. Brian Walsh:

    He was trying to push a boulder up a hill.

  4. Fritz Perls:

    Don’t push the river, it flows by itself

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Push until your critics speaks in tongues.

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Translations for push

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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