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Meaning of “push” - Learner’s Dictionary

push

verb     /pʊʃ/
MOVE SOMETHING [I, T] A2 to move someone or something by pressing them with your hands or body: She pushed the books aside and sat down on my desk. We pushed the children down the slide. He pushed me violently out of the door. Someone pushed him into the river.Pushing and shoving
MOVE YOURSELF [I, T] B1 to move somewhere by moving someone or something away from you: He pushed past me. She pushed her way to the front of the crowd.Advancing and moving forwardPushing and shoving
PRESS [T] B1 to press something: If you push this button, your seat goes back.Pushing and shoving
push (sb) for sth/to do sth B2 to try hard to achieve something or to make someone else do something: Local residents are pushing for the road to be made safer.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
ENCOURAGE [T] to try to make someone do something that they do not want to do: [+ into + doing sth] My mother pushed me into having ballet lessons.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
push yourself B2 to make yourself work very hard to achieve something →  See also push the boat out Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of push verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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