Synonyms of push in English:


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See Spanish definition of esfuerzo


1‘she tried to push him away’

shove, thrust, propel, impel
send, press, drive, plunge, stick, force, shoot, ram, bump, knock, strike, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, nudge, elbow, shoulder
bulldoze, sweep, jostle, bundle, hustle, hurry, rush, manhandle


2‘he tried to push his way into the flat’

force, force one's way, shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder
thread, wind, work, inch

3‘he managed to push a silent panic button’

press, press down, push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze
operate, activate, actuate

4‘don't push her to join in if she doesn't want to’

urge, press, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, coerce, nag
lean on, prevail on
dragoon into, steamroller into, browbeat into, use strong-arm tactics on
informal put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm, railroad into, bulldoze into

5‘the manufacturers of each fuel push their own products’

advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, popularize
sell, market, merchandise
informal plug, give a plug to, hype, hype up, give a puff to, puff, puff up, boost, flog
North American informal ballyhoo, flack, huckster


1‘I felt a push in the back’

shove, thrust, ram, bump, knock, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, elbow, nudge, shoulder, jostle

2‘the enemy's eastward push had overrun Dutch positions’

advance, drive, thrust, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign
archaic onset


    push the boat out

    ‘you could push the boat out and go for the top of the range’

    be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splash out, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money
    lash out, go mad, go on a shopping binge, indulge in some retail therapy
    push on

    ‘I decided to push on towards the coast’

    continue one's journey, continue on one's way, carry on, advance, press on, progress, make progress, proceed, go on, make headway, gain ground, push forward, forge ahead, go ahead
    resume one's journey, start off again
    push off

    ‘push off, will you—I'm busy’

    go away, depart, leave, take oneself off, take off, get out, get out of my sight
    go, go your way, get going, get moving, be off, take your leave, decamp, absent yourself
    be off with you, shoo
    informal hit the road, fly, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, scram, make yourself scarce, be on your way, run along, beat it, get, get lost, shove off, buzz off, clear off, skip off, pop off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lake
    on your bike, go and chase yourself
    British informal get stuffed, sling your hook, hop it, bog off, naff off
    North American informal bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike
    Australian, New Zealand informal rack off, nick off
    South African informal voetsak, hamba
    vulgar slang piss off, fuck off
    British vulgar slang sod off, bugger off
    literary begone, avaunt

    stay, remain

    at a push

    ‘at a push, you could use a disk editor to recover files’

    if necessary, in case of necessity, if need be, if needs must, if forced, if all else fails, in an emergency
    give someone the push

    ‘council chiefs gave him the push for looking too old’

    throw out, remove, eject, expel, turn out, fling out, force out, drive out, evict, dislodge, oust
    dismiss, discharge
    informal chuck out, kick out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, give someone the boot, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, show someone the door, sack, fire, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho
    British informal turf out
    North American informal give someone the bum's rush
    push for

    ‘the trade unions will be likely to push for wage increases’

    demand, insist on, clamour for, ask for, call for, request, press for, campaign for, work for, lobby for, speak for, drum up support for, sponsor, urge, promote, advocate, recommend, champion, espouse
    push someone around

    bully, domineer, boss about, boss around, ride roughshod over, trample on, tread on, bulldoze, abuse, mistreat, maltreat, kick about, kick around, browbeat, lean on, tyrannize, intimidate, threaten, torment, terrorize, victimize, pick on