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English definition of “nudge”

nudge

verb
 
 
/nʌdʒ/
[I or T] to move by a small amount in a particular direction, especially up, or make something do this: Shares in the company nudged higher while its competitors' shares fell.nudge up Interest rates are gently nudging up.nudge sth up The Federal Reserve began nudging interest rates up.nudge (sth) down The credit card nudged down the APR of loans taken out online from 6.1% to 5.9%.
[T] to be close to reaching a particular price or level: With crude nudging $72 a barrel, the price of unleaded was once again the subject of concern. Inflation is nudging 10%.
(Definition of nudge verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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