Antonyms for push

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : poosh
Phonetic Transcription : pʊʃ

Definition of push

Origin :
  • early 14c., from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsare "to beat, strike, push," frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to push, drive, beat" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "promote" is from 1714; meaning "approach a certain age" is from 1937. For palatization of -s-, OED compares brush (n.1); quash. Related: Pushed; pushing.
  • "Pushing up the daisies now," said a soldier of his dead comrade. ["The American Florist," vol. XLVIII, No. 1504, March 31, 1917]
  • To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one's) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies "be dead and buried" is from World War I.
  • noun physical force
  • noun mental determination
  • verb thrust, press with force
  • verb incite, urge
  • verb advertise, promote
Example sentences :
  • At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • It's the last thing he did, and I'm going to push it through.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • I hope we shall soon be able to push Lord Cornwallis in turn.
  • Extract from : « A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion » by William Dobein James
  • "Get in then," said his father roughly, giving him a push with his foot.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • Come, you, Griggs and Red, and push that desk down a bit so that I can stand on it.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • Do you not intend, Sir, to push his way at court, and obtain for him the post of physician there?
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • She's got to push and push hard to make it, and that's why she's making so early a start.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • Then they tried to push me out-of-doors, I resisted; I would not go.
  • Extract from : « The Boy Life of Napoleon » by Eugenie Foa
  • "I'm going to leave you here and push on," he began abruptly.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • It appeared to have run aground, and they were trying to push it off with the sweeps.
  • Extract from : « Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates » by Howard Pyle

Synonyms for push

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019