pushes, pushing, pushed
1) VERB When you push something, you use force to make it move away from you or away from its previous position.

[V n with adv] The woman pushed back her chair and stood up...

[V n prep] They pushed him into the car.

[V n] ...a woman pushing a pushchair...

He put both hands flat on the door and pushed as hard as he could...

[V n adj] When there was no reply, he pushed the door open.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Push is also a noun.

He gave me a sharp push... Information is called up at the push of a button.

2) VERB If you push through things that are blocking your way or push your way through them, you use force in order to move past them.

[V prep/adv] I pushed through the crowds and on to the escalator...

[V prep/adv] Dix pushed forward carrying a glass...

[V way prep/adv] He pushed his way towards her, laughing.

3) VERB If an army pushes into a country or area that it is attacking or invading, it moves further into it.

[V into n] One detachment pushed into the eastern suburbs towards the airfield...

[V adv into n] The army may push southwards into the Kurdish areas.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Push is also a noun.

All that was needed was one final push, and the enemy would be vanquished once and for all.

4) VERB To push a value or amount up or down means to cause it to increase or decrease.

[V n with adv] Any shortage could push up grain prices...

[V n with adv] The government had done everything it could to push down inflation...

[V n prep] Interest had pushed the loan up to $27,000.

5) VERB If someone or something pushes an idea or project in a particular direction, they cause it to develop or progress in a particular way.

[V n with adv] China would use its influence to help push forward the peace process...

[V n prep] The government seemed intent on pushing local and central government in opposite directions.

6) VERB If you push someone to do something or push them into doing it, you encourage or force them to do it.

[V n to-inf] She thanks her parents for keeping her in school and pushing her to study...

[V n into -ing] James did not push her into stealing the money...

[V n prep/adv] I knew he was pushing himself to the limit and felt rather anxious...

[V n] There is no point in pushing them unless they are talented and they enjoy it.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Push is also a noun.

We need a push to take the first step.

7) VERB If you push for something, you try very hard to achieve it or to persuade someone to do it.

[V for n] Britain's health experts are pushing for a ban on all cigarette advertising...

[V for n to-inf] Germany is pushing for direct flights to be established.

press for
N-COUNT: usu sing
Push is also a noun.

In its push for economic growth it has ignored projects that would improve living standards... They urged negotiators to make a final push to arrive at an agreement.

8) VERB If someone pushes an idea, a point, or a product, they try in a forceful way to convince people to accept it or buy it.

[V n] Ministers will push the case for opening the plant...

[V n] She knew enough about publishing to know that they could push a hundred thousand copies into the bookshops.

9) VERB When someone pushes drugs, they sell them illegally. [INFORMAL]

[V n] She was sent for trial yesterday accused of pushing drugs.

10) VERB: usu cont If you say that someone is pushing it, you mean that their actions or claims are rather excessive or risky. [INFORMAL]

[V it] I think that he was pushing it a bit when he said it was the best stadium in the world.

11) See also , pushing
12) PHRASE: V inflects If you get the push or are given the push, you are told that you are not wanted any more, either in your job or by someone you are having a relationship with. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

Two cabinet ministers also got the push.

13) to push the boat outsee boat
to push your lucksee luck
if push comes to shovesee shove
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