thrust Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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thrustverb [always + adv/prep]

 us   /θrʌst/ (past tense and past participle thrust)
to ​pushsuddenly and ​strongly: [T] She thrust the ​money into his ​hand. [I] He thrust at me with a ​stick.

thrustnoun [C/U]

 us   /θrʌst/
a ​sudden and ​strongpush: [C] a ​sword thrust [C] fig. The thrust (= ​mainpoint) of her ​argument was the ​schools need ​improvement. physics Thrust is also the ​forceproduced by an ​engine that ​pushes in one ​direction.
(Definition of thrust from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"thrust" in British English

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thrustverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /θrʌst/ (thrust, thrust)
to ​pushsuddenly and ​strongly: She thrust the ​money into his ​hand. They thrust a ​microphone in ​front of me and ​firedquestions at me. She thrust the ​papers at me (= towards me). The ​bodyguards thrust past the ​crowd to get at the ​cameraman.
Phrasal verbs


uk   us   /θrʌst/

thrust noun (IDEA)

[S] the ​mainidea, ​subject, or ​opinion that is ​discussed or written about: The main thrust of her ​argument was that women are ​compromised by the ​demands of ​childcare.

thrust noun (PUSH)

[C] a ​strongpush [U] specialized engineering the ​drivingforceproduced by, for ​example, an ​aircraftengine
(Definition of thrust from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “thrust”
in Spanish meter, hincar, abrirse paso…
in Vietnamese xô mạnh, đẩy mạnh…
in Malaysian menolak, merodokkan…
in Thai ผลัก…
in French enfoncer…
in German stoßen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 推挤, 刺, 戳…
in Indonesian menusukkan, mendorong…
in Chinese (Traditional) 推擠, 刺, 戳…
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