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Push appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Push to me: set lame Maltese moths up.
  • Push to obey enemy men; enemy men eye booths up.
  • Marge let a strop push… too bad; a booth supports a telegram.
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Usage statistics for the verb push:

imaginative writing78.53%informational writing21.47%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun push:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb push:

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The word push is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun push

What does push mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pushes

  1. the act of applying force in order to move something away
    • examples: he gave the door a hard push | the pushing is good exercise
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of push: pushing
    • more generic words: actuation / propulsion = the act of propelling
    • more specific words:
  2. the force used in pushing
    • example: the push of the water on the walls of the tank
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonym of push: thrust
    • more generic word: force = the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  3. enterprising or ambitious drive
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of push: energy / get-up-and-go
    • more generic word: drive = the trait of being highly motivated
    • more specific term: second wind = renewed energy or strength to continue an undertaking
  4. an electrical switch operated by pressing
    • examples: the elevator was operated by push buttons | the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of push: button / push button
    • more generic terms: electric switch / electrical switch / switch = control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
    • more specific terms:
      • bell push = a button that is pushed to ring a bell
      • doorbell / buzzer / bell = a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
      • horn button = a button that you press to activate the horn of an automobile
      • mouse button = a push button on the mouse
      • panic button = a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergency
      • reset button = a push button that you press to activate the reset mechanism
    • part of: push-button radio = a radio receiver that can be tuned by pressing buttons
  5. an effort to advance

Alternative definition of the noun push


  1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
  2. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
  3. A great effort (to do something).
  4. [military] A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
  5. A wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score
  6. [computing] The addition of a data item to the top of a stack.
  7. [internet, uncountable] The situation where a server sends data to a client without waiting for a request, as in server push, push technology.

Specialised definition of the noun push

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

it is a push when a player moves the ball with a short, pushing movement of the stick, with both the ball and the head of the stick in contact with the ground

Glossary of sports / luge

the portion of the start when the uses the handles to push the luge forward to the start line

Glossary of sports / table tennis

a defensive or containing shot played with backspin (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a gentle shot with backspin, struck with an open paddle against the bottom of the ball and usually hit short and low

Definition of the verb push

What does push mean as a doing word?

Push is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: pushed | pushing | pushes

  1. move with force
    • examples: He pushed the table into a corner | They push the books into the box
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the bookVerbs of Carrying: heave, kick, shove, thrust
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Amanda shoved the box | Amanda shuttled her children
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] to / towards [Destination]Amanda shoved the box to John
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] to / towards [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box to John from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to / towards [Destination]Amanda shoved the box from the corner to John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]I forced himForce Verbs: bamboozle, bullock, coax, coerce, commission, compel, dare, draw, encourage, entice, force, impel, incite, induce, inveigle, jolt, lead, mislead, motivate, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, prod, prompt, rouse, rush, soothe, spur, sweet-talk, tempt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] into [Proposition, object control with -ing]I forced him into coming
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] into [Proposition, not sentential clause]I forced John into the chairmanship
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce thereVerbs of Putting: bang, dump, funnel, hammer, pound, ram, shake, squeeze, sweep, wedge
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] between / in between [Destination, plural]He wedged the diamond between shifting dunes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] into / onto [Destination]I funneled the mixture into the bottle
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] into [Destination]The company is wedging into new markets
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]She held his armHold Verbs: clasp, clutch, grab, grasp, grip, handle, hold, pull, seize, tug, wield, yank
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique, body part]She held him by the arm
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Noun Phrase, possessive] way [Directional Preposition] [Oblique]Nora pushed her way through the crowdVerbs of Exerting Force: jostle, nudge, press, shove, squeeze, thrust
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Nora heaved the chair
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]Nora yanked the button loose
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at / against / on [Theme]Nora jerked at the wall
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Directional Preposition] [Oblique]Nora pushed through the crowd
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] apartI broke the twig and the branch apartVerbs of Separating and Disassembling: blow, break, cut, draw, hack, hew, kick, knock, pry, pull, rip, roll, saw, shove, slip, snap, split, tear, tug, yank
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] off / off of / from [Patient 2]I broke the twig off the branch
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apartThe twig and the branch broke apart
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apart [Adverb]Those twigs and branches break apart easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2]The twig broke off the branch
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2] [Adverb]Twigs break off of those branches easily
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of push: force
    • antonym of push: pull
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
    • entailments: press = exert pressure or force to or upon; move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
  3. make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    • examples: The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model | Sam and Sue push the movie
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of push: advertise / advertize / promote
    • more generic word: praise = express approval of
    • more specific words:
  4. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
    • example: We have to push a little to make the deadline!
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of push: drive / labor / labour / tug
    • more generic words: fight / struggle = make a strenuous or labored effort
    • more specific words: strain / strive / reach = to exert much effort or energy
  5. press against forcefully without moving
    • example: she pushed against the wall with all her strength
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]She held his arm
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique, body part]She held him by the arm

      Hold Verbs (with the same syntax): clasp, clutch, grab, grasp, grip, handle, hold, pull, seize, tug, wield, yank.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: press = exert pressure or force to or upon
  6. approach a certain age or speed
  7. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
  8. sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
  9. move strenuously and with effort
    • example: The crowd pushed forward
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  10. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
    • example: `Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of push: press
    • more generic word: force = move with force

Alternative definition of the verb push


  1. [transitive] To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.
  2. [transitive] To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
  3. [transitive] To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).
  4. [transitive] To promote a product with the intention of selling it.
  5. [context: informal, transitive] To approach; to come close to.
  6. [intransitive] To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.
  7. [intransitive] To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
  8. [intransitive] To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
  9. To make a higher bid at an auction.
  10. [poker] To make an all-in bet.
  11. [chess, transitive] To move (a pawn) directly forward.

Specialised definition of the verb push

Glossary of sports / golf

if a player pushes a shot, he or she hits the ball too much to the right for a right-handed player, or to the left for a left-handed player (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

to hit the ball relatively straight, but to the right of the target, for a right-handed player

Glossary of sports / hockey / field hockey

if a player pushes the ball, he or she propels it in a continuous movement with the stick across the pitch surface without the ball leaving the ground. The right-hand grip is lower down the handle of the stick than in a hit (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Push" is a 2009 American science fiction superhero thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan. The film stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, and Ming-Na Wen. The film centers on a group of people born with various superhuman abilities who band together in order to take down a government agency that is using a dangerous drug to enhance their powers in hopes of creating an army of super soldiers.
  2. Push is a short-lived American prime time soap opera about a group of young Olympic hopefuls in training at California Southern University. It aired on ABC from April 6, 1998 to August 6, 1998. It was cancelled after 3 episodes, leaving 5 unaired, two of which, the fourth and fifth episodes, were originally planned to air.
  3. "Push" is a 2006 drama thriller film written by Dave Rodriguez, Ben Carlin and directed by Dave Rodriguez.
  4. "Push" a.k.a. "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire": Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey. This film marked the acting debut of Sidibe.
  5. "Push" is a film.
  6. "Push" is a short film, directed by Zeb Gautreaux & John Otjen.
  7. "Push" is a short film.
  8. "Push" is a film.
    • also known as 밀어
    • country: South Korea
    • genres: Romance Film, Melodrama


"Push" is the 1996 debut novel of American author Sapphire. Thirteen years after its release, it was made into Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, a film that won two Academy Awards and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

  • language: English Language
  • characters:
    • Mary
    • Ms. Rain
    • Precious
    • Mrs. Weiss
    • Carl Jones
  • genre: Fiction
  • released on (18 years ago)


  1. "Push" is a song from the Enrique Iglesias album Insomniac. The song features the artist Lil Wayne and is Iglesias's first collaboration with a rap artist.
  2. "Push", Kanadalı şarkıcı ve söz yazarı Avril Lavigne'in Goodbye Lullaby albümünden çıkan dördüncü Single'dır. Söz ve müzik işleriyle Avril Lavigne ve Evan Taubenfeld uğraşmıştır. Şarkının yapımcısı ise Deryck Whibley'dir. Şarkının türü Pop punk, Pop Rock ve Pop olarak geçer.
  3. "Push" was the debut album from British pop band Bros and was released in 1988. The album reached No. 2 on the UK Top 40 and spawned five hit singles, including the reissue of "I Owe You Nothing" which reached No. 1 in June 1988. The album went 4× Platinum in the UK. The album spent 54 weeks on the UK Top 75 Albums chart. In late 2013, a 25th Anniversary 3 CD remastered edition through Cherry Red Records was released. The song "Silent Night" featured for the very first time on the "Push" album.
  4. "Push" is a song by American rock band Matchbox Twenty. It was released in May 1997 as the second single from their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. After landing "Long Day" on several rock radio stations paving the way, "Push" hit the top of the Modern Rock Tracks and became one of the band's most successful singles.
  5. "Push" is the second album by the American grunge band Gruntruck. It was released in 1992 by Roadrunner Records. The album features "Tribe", "Crazy Love", and "Above Me", which were released as singles. The band received moderate mainstream attention around the time of the release; with several magazines such as Rolling Stone praising the album, as well as Gruntruck's music videos being occasionally played on VH1 and MTV. "Tribe" was the highest charting single of the band's career.
  6. "Push" is a single album that was nominated for 1995 Juno Award for Single of the Year.
  7. "Push" is the first single from Pharoahe Monch's 2007 album Desire. The single was released September 11, 2006 as a 12" vinyl, but was later released as a CD single and a digital download. Produced by Pharoahe Monch, the song features an upbeat sound and a prominent use of horns played by Tower of Power. It features encouraging raps provided by Pharoahe Monch as well as background vocals sung by MeLa Machinko and Showtyme. The song contains an interpolation from Joe Zawinul's "Country Preacher." Its music video, directed by Paul Minor, features Monch rapping during the New York City blackout of 1977. The song is also featured in the nba series nba street homecourt.
  8. "Push" a.k.a. "Push!" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  9. "Push" a.k.a. "Push!" is a musical single of The Invincible Spirit.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  10. "Push" is a composition.
    • also known as Push (12" remix), Push (single-version)
    • music by Ben Marlene
  11. "Push" is a musical album of Virginia Wolf.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  12. "Push" is a composition.
  13. "Push" is a musical single of Matchbox Twenty.
    • released in (18 years ago)


Who is Push?

Push a.k.a. Mike Dierickx: Mass Effect is a musician and Disc Jockey.


  1. Push is a musical group.
  2. Push is a musical group.
    • albums: "For the Love of the Game", "On the Run", "Shaken, Not Stirred"
  3. Push is a musical group.
    • album: "Souvenir"

There are other groups with in their name, like Push Up, Push-up, Push Play, Push Push, Audio Push, Push Kings, Push Repeat, Push! Push!, Push To Talk, The Push Stars.


  1. Push: In professional wrestling, a push is an attempt by the booker to make the wrestler win more matches and become more popular or more reviled with the fans depending on whether they are a heel or a face. A push can also be based on a single major win against a major star, and it is not uncommon for a push to be accompanied by a turn or a change in the wrestler's gimmick. Pushing is usually done for new wrestlers. This is essentially the opposite of a bury, which in contrast to the high profile of a push is typically done with little or no fanfare. Sometimes the fans generate the push for a wrestler themselves when their approval for the wrestler's work generates a positive reaction from them that is not anticipated.
  2. Push a.k.a. Push!!: A Push!! egy japán felnőtt játékokkal foglalkozó magazin, melyet a Max ad ki. Mindegyik lapszámhoz mellékelnek egy DVD lemezt. 1993-ban alapították Fantasienne néven. Eredetileg a Sinjusa adta ki, amíg később fel nem vásárolta a Max.
  3. PUSH is a British media organisation that offers information to university applicants and students in the United Kingdom.
  4. Push is a 2012 Telly Award winner.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Campaign - Promotional/Branding - "Orlando Health Brand Campaign"
      • Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Hospital (under 200 beds) - "I Believe in My Heart"
    • official website:

Phrases with Push

Phrases starting with the word Push:

  1. Push in
  2. push on
  3. push up
  4. push-up
  5. Push Off
  6. push out
  7. push away
  8. push back
  9. Push Bunt
  10. push down
  11. Push poll
  12. push-bike
  13. Push-Pull
  14. push aside
  15. push broom
  16. Push-Start
  17. push around

Phrases ending with the word Push:

  1. to push
  2. Bed Push
  3. bell push

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Push

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Google previewLaura Stamm's Power Skating 4th Edition (2010)

by Laura Stamm

The second push is the X-push. advanced This drill is a variation of the C-cut crossover drills (pages 129 and 130).

Google previewIntranet Performance Management (1999)

by Kornel Terplan

Push is the easiest method to create channels for Microsoft Internet Explorer. The active channel server includes channel agents, which allow users to create channels from databases and file systems, as well as searches and ...

Google previewMedical Instrumentation (2006)

Accessibility and Usability Considerations by Jack M. Winters, Molly Follette Story

One technical push is the continued advances in information technologies that are promoting greater interconnectivity and...

Google previewGo Home! (2017)

Immigration controversies and performative politics by Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Kirsten Forkert, Emma Jackson, Roiyah Saltus

The antiimmigrant push is a tidal wave, it's a juggernaut! And all we can do is create spaces for discussion and networks that challenge those views. One other very real impact is that the next time when one of the women in the focus group ...

Google previewThe Marketing of the President (1993)

Political Marketing as Campaign Strategy by Bruce I. Newman

The next P is called push marketing, which refers to the grass-roots effort necessary to build up a volunteer network CANDIDATE THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS FORCES Strategy Formulation and 103 Chapter 6 ...

Google previewEnergy Innovation - Fixing the Technical Fix

The motive for the big technology push is the recognition that existing “clean energy” technologies are more expensive than conventional carbon-based systems, and/or that they are not practical to be used as large-scale replacements for ...

Google previewSacred Heart (2014)

by Dr. Clare Allen

The push is the catalyst for change.

Google previewMoney Golf (2007)

600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies by Michael K. Bohn

A push means neither side wins, as in a halve or tie. Chicago. (Or Quota). Played gross (after handicap adjustment) and medal, one or more groups can play the game. Players (or teams) ante an agreed amount into the pot, and each player ...

Google previewSoul, Self, and Society (2015)

The New Morality and the Modern State by Edward L. Rubin

The push is that the locality, the arena of premodern obligation, no longer exists in the same sense that it did before. Highways, telecommunications, and the Internet have ended the ageold dominance of geography, dismembering traditional ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2001)

is the only admissible arc emanating from node 3, and so the algorithm performs a nonsaturating push of value S = min{e(3), r34} = min{4, 5} = 4. Fig. 4d) specifies the residual network at the end of this iteration. Using this process for ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

Push generally means 'move something away from you using force, or move somewhere past an obstruction'. ->MD1 D2D4T1 T5 Push is often also used to express the idea of making someone do something: A person, a fact or a situation1 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of British Folklore, 2 (1898)

by George Laurence Gomme

Push. in. the. Wash. Tub. A ring of girls is formed. Two go in opposite directions outside the ring, and try to get back first to the starting-point; the one succeeding stops there, rejoining the ring, the other girl pushes another girl into the ring, ...

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Usage statistics for the verb push:

imaginative writing78.53%informational writing21.47%

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Quotes about Push

Slump, and the world slumps with you. Push, and you push alone. (Laurence J. Peter)
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Scrabble value of P3U1S1H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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