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"push" in British English

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pushverb

uk   /pʊʃ/  us   /pʊʃ/
  • push verb (USE PRESSURE)

A2 [I or T] to use physical pressure or force, especially with your hands, in order to move something into a different position, usually one that is further away from you: Can you help me move this table? You push and I'll pull. The window sticks - you have to push hard to open it. He helped me push my car off the road. He pushed his plate away from him, refusing to eat any more. She pushed her hair out of her eyes. I tried to push the door open but it was stuck. It isn't clear whether he fell off the balcony or was pushed. To turn the television on, you just push (= press) this button. He pushed the money into my hand (= forcefully gave me the money), saying, "Please take it." We pushed the boat off from (= moved the boat forward by using pressure against) the river bank.

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  • push verb (MOVE WITH FORCE)

B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to move forcefully, especially in order to cause someone or something that is in your way to move, so that you can go through or past them: Stop pushing - wait your turn. She pushed through the crowd. I'm sorry - I didn't mean to push in front of you. The celebrities pushed past the waiting journalists, refusing to speak to them. In the final lap of the race, he managed to push (= move strongly) ahead. Weeds push (= grow strongly) up through the cracks in the concrete. They pushed (= forcefully made) their way to the front.
[I usually + adv/prep] When an army pushes in a particular direction, it moves forward in that direction: The invading troops have pushed further into the north of the country.

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  • push verb (PERSUADE WITH FORCE)

B2 [T] to forcefully persuade or direct someone to do or achieve something: Her parents pushed her into marrying him. The school manages to push most of its students through their exams. If we want an answer from them by Friday, I think we're going to have to push them for it. [+ to infinitive] We had to push them to accept our terms, but they finally agreed to the deal. You'll never be successful if you don't push yourself (= work) harder.

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  • push verb (INTERNET)

[T] specialized internet & telecoms to send information over the internet without receiving a request for it first
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pushnoun

uk   /pʊʃ/  us   /pʊʃ/
  • push noun (PRESSURE)

B1 [C] the act of moving someone or something by pressing them with your hands or body: Get on the swing and I'll give you a push. I gave the door a hard push, but it still wouldn't open. I can order all these goods at the push of a button (= by pushing a button).

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  • They had to give the car a push to start it.
  • Go on - give it a good hard push!
  • You can't expect to get everything you need at the push of a button.
(Definition of push from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"push" in American English

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pushverb

 us   /pʊʃ/
  • push verb (USE FORCE AGAINST)

[I/T] to put a continuing force against something to cause it to move forward or away from you: [I] We should be able to move this table if we both push together. [T] She pushed her plate away.
[I/T] To push is also to cause something to move or change in a stated direction: [M] Rising demand tends to push prices up.
  • push verb (MOVE FORCEFULLY)

[I/T] to move forcefully through a group of people or things: [I] Stop pushing and wait your turn! [T always + adv/prep] Rescuers pushed their way through the rubble to reach survivors.
  • push verb (PERSUADE FORCEFULLY)

[T] to try to persuade someone forcefully to do or accept something: She’s pushing me for an answer. The administration is pushing its new trade agreement with Mexico. infml This restaurant is pushing its carrot soup today (= trying to get people to order it).

pushnoun [C]

 us   /pʊʃ/
  • push noun [C] (FORCEFUL MOVEMENT)

a force put or pressed against something that causes it to move forward or away from you: She gave her daughter a push on the swing.
  • push noun [C] (FORCEFUL PERSUASION)

an attempt to persuade someone forcefully to do or accept something: [+ to infinitive] Florida is making a major push to attract more tourists.
(Definition of push from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"push" in Business English

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pushverb

uk   us   /pʊʃ/
[I or T] to press a switch or something similar: When I push the 'call' button, my phone makes a strange noise.
[T] to force someone to move away from a place: Small farmers are saying they have been pushed off their land by the supermarket.
[T] to try hard to make someone do what you want, especially when they do not really want to do it: She feels the sales rep pushed her into buying the vehicle.push sb for sth If we want an answer from them by Friday, I think we're going to have to push them for it.push sb to do sth We had to push them to accept our terms, but they finally agreed to the deal.
push yourself
to use a lot of effort and determination to achieve something: You'll never be successful if you don't push yourself.
[T] informal MARKETING to try hard to make people buy something, especially by advertising it repeatedly: We need to really push this product in the spring, ready for the summer season.
be pushed for time
to not have much time to do something: If you're pushed for time, we could meet tomorrow instead.

pushnoun

uk   us   /pʊʃ/
[S] MARKETING an effort to make something more successful, for example by advertising it a lot or giving it extra money: The event is part of a major push by the hotel to attract customers.get a push This film is unlikely to attract large audiences unless it gets a big push in the media.give sth a push This is an economy that needs the Fed to step in and give it a push.
[C] a determined effort to get an advantage over other companies in business: make a push into sth The company plans to make a big push into the European market next spring.
give sb the push
UK informal WORKPLACE, HR to tell someone that they no longer have a job, especially because they have done something wrong: I have no idea why they gave me the push.
get the push
UK informal WORKPLACE, HR to be told that you no longer have a job, especially because you have done something wrong: Sounds like he hasn't come to terms with getting the push.
(Definition of push from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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