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push

noun
 
 
/pʊʃ/
a push for sth/to do sth a big effort to achieve something or make someone do something: a push for higher standards in educationTrying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
MOVEMENT [C] B1 the act of moving someone or something by pressing them with your hands or body: [usually singular] She gave him a little push towards the door.Pushing and shoving
give sb the push UK informal to get rid of someone from a job or relationshipFiring staff and being firedEnding relationships and divorce
ENCOURAGEMENT [C] encouragement to make someone do something: [usually singular] I'm sure he'll go, he just needs a little push that's all.Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
at a push UK If you can do something at a push, you can do it but it will be difficult.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
Translations of “push”
in Korean 밀기, 누르기…
in Arabic دَفْعة…
in French dynamisme…
in Turkish itiş kakış, itme, itekleme…
in Italian spinta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 推, 推,推動…
in Russian толчок, побуждение…
in Polish pchnięcie, popchnięcie, impuls…
in Spanish empuje, dinamismo, ímpetu…
in Portuguese empurrão…
in German der Schwung…
in Catalan empenta…
in Japanese 押すこと, 押し…
in Chinese (Simplified) 推, 推,推动…
(Definition of push noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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