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Meaning of 'push' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Push [ n.]
- A pustule; a pimple.
- A thrust with a pointed instrument, or with the end of a thing.
- Any thrust. pressure, impulse, or force, or force applied; a shove; as, to give the ball the first push.
- An assault or attack; an effort; an attempt; hence, the time or occasion for action.
- The faculty of overcoming obstacles; aggressive energy; as, he has push, or he has no push.
2 . Push [ v. i.]
- To make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword.
- To make an advance, attack, or effort; to be energetic; as, a man must push in order to succeed.
- To burst pot, as a bud or shoot.
3 . Push [ v. t.]
- To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to draw.
- To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore.
- To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far.
- To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass.
- To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease.

Meaning of 'push' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . push [ n]
Meaning (1):
- enterprising or ambitious drive
Example in sentence:
  • Europeans often laugh at American energy
Meaning (2):
- the act of applying force in order to move something away
Example in sentence:
  • he gave the door a hard push;
  • the pushing is good exercise
Meaning (3):
- an effort to advance
Example in sentence:
  • the army made a push toward the sea
Meaning (4):
- an electrical switch operated by pressing
Example in sentence:
  • the elevator was operated by push buttons;
  • the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk
Meaning (5):
- the force used in pushing
Example in sentence:
  • the push of the water on the walls of the tank;
  • the thrust of the jet engines
6 . push [ v]
Meaning (6):
- press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
Example in sentence:
  • He pushed her to finish her doctorate
Meaning (7):
- move with force
Example in sentence:
  • He pushed the table into a corner
Meaning (8):
- 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
Example in sentence:
  • She is crusading for women's rights;
  • The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate;
  • The liberal party pushed for reforms
Meaning (9):
- strive and make an effort to reach a goal
Example in sentence:
  • She is driving away at her doctoral thesis;
  • She tugged for years to make a decent living;
  • We have to push a little to make the deadline!
Meaning (10):
- approach a certain age or speed
Example in sentence:
  • She is pushing fifty
Meaning (11):
- press against forcefully without moving
Example in sentence:
  • she pushed against the wall with all her strength
Meaning (12):
- make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
Example in sentence:
  • The company is heavily advertizing their new laptops;
  • The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model
Meaning (13):
- move strenuously and with effort
Example in sentence:
  • The crowd pushed forward
Meaning (14):
- sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
Example in sentence:
  • The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs
Meaning (15):
- make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
Example in sentence:
  • `Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman