Definition of budge in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʌdʒ/


[usually with negative]
1Make or cause to make the slightest movement: [no object]: the queue in the bank hasn’t budged [with object]: I couldn’t budge the door
More example sentences
  • He pushed again, putting his weight into it, but the door barely budged at all.
  • ‘Hell yes it's my chair,’ he answered, not budging an inch.
  • The mattress finally budged and began to slip and slide down the remaining 10 steps, finally landing in a big pile at the end of the staircase.
move, shift, change position, stir, give way, go
move, dislodge, shift, change the position of, remove, relocate, reposition, get/set going
1.1 [no object] (budge up or US over) informal Make room for another person by moving: budge up, boys, make room for your uncle
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  • With the summer holidays bringing hordes of tourists down to Weymouth, August ended with the town so packed with sweaty tourists you had to ask the next person to budge up a bit so you could put your hand in your pocket.
  • He budged up and she sat beside him, then he changed the channel.
  • THE BBC's well-stocked array of football pundits had better get ready to budge up on the sofa.
move up/over, shift up/over, make room, make space
1.2 [usually with modal] Change an opinion: [no object]: he wouldn’t budge on his decision
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  • Professor Paterson, later to resign from the committee over the BBC's ultimate refusal to budge over the issue, has provided an account of this meeting.
  • Neither Japan nor Europe are budging on where the ITER reactor is to be built.
  • He budged not one inch on the bitter controversies dividing his party.
change one's mind, give way, give in, yield, acquiesce, compromise, adapt, retract, do a U-turn, eat one's words;
British  do an about-turn


Late 16th century: from French bouger 'to stir', based on Latin bullire 'to boil'.

  • bulletin from mid 17th century:

    The word bulletin derives from Italian bulletta meaning ‘official warrant or certificate’—something like a passport today. The root is the Italian and medieval Latin word bulla ‘seal, sealed document’, the source of bill meaning ‘written statement of charges’ and of bull meaning ‘papal edict’. The original Latin meaning of bulla was ‘bubble’, and this is the basis of bowl (Old English) in the sense ‘ball’ and ultimately ‘basin’ and of budge (late 16th century) which comes via French bouger ‘to stir’, from Latin bullire ‘boil, bubble’, bullet (early 16th century) originally a small ball, bullion (Middle English) from the idea of bubbling metal, and ebullient (late 16th century) ‘bubbling’.

Words that rhyme with budge

adjudge, begrudge, bludge, drudge, fudge, grudge, judge, misjudge, nudge, pudge, sludge, smudge, trudge

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