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American English: /pʊʃ/
British English: /pʊʃ/

Translation of push in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1
    (gentle) empujoncito (masculine)
    she gave me a hell of a push
    me dio tremendo empujón
    she gave the door a push and it opened
    empujó la puerta y se abrió
    my car won't start; could you give me a push?
    el coche no me arranca ¿me empujas?
    at the push of a button
    con solo apretar un botón
    to get the push (British English) [colloquial]he got the push
    (from job) lo pusieron de patitas en la calle [colloquial]
    (in relationship) ella lo dejó
    to give somebody the push (British English) [colloquial]
    (from job) poner a alguien de patitas en la calle [colloquial]
    (in relationship) dejar a alguien
    Example sentences
    • The Chinese are reportedly already a slight majority but new plans indicate a big push to move more settlers in.
    • The move follows a government push to recruit 3,000 matrons across the country as part of a major plan for the National Health Service.
    • The move is the latest push by baseball to increase its marketing to younger fans - and make money along the way.
    1.2 (pressure) [colloquial]she needs a bit of a push now and again
    de vez en cuando hay que apretarle las clavijas [colloquial]
    at a pushat a push, I could finish it by Friday
    si me apuras or si fuera necesario, podría terminarlo para el viernes
    if push comes to shove o (British English) if it comes to the push
    en último caso
    if push comes to shove o (British English) if it comes to the push, we can always sell the house
    en último caso siempre podemos vender la casa
    when it came to the push, she gave in (British English)
    Example sentences
    • In an effort to maintain the push, Operation Impact has forged a partnership with Crimestoppers.
    • Nevertheless, the triumph gave York their first double of the league campaign and it could yet prove crucial in both side's promotion pushes.
    • The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is revitalising its network of information points and is urging local shops, pubs and cafes to join in the promotion push.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (effort) 2.2 (offensive) (Military)
    Example sentences
    • The push to downsize the military and privatize functions means government contracts are a growth industry.
    • We hit the targets at night in a final push against the terrorist's stronghold near the airport.
    • Despite the military push, a rocket which was fired from Gaza landed in an open area of Israel's Negev Desert overnight, causing no damage or injuries.
    2.3 (for sales)

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    he pushed him into the room
    le dio un empujón para que entrara en la habitación
    he pushed him into the swimming pool
    lo tiró a la piscina de un empujón
    she pushed him down the stairs
    lo empujó escaleras abajo
    he pushed us aside o out of the way
    nos apartó de un empujón
    did she resign or was she pushed?
    ¿renunció o la renunciaron? [humorous]
    she pushed her finger between the bars
    metió el dedo por entre las rejas
    I pushed the door to o shut
    cerré la puerta empujándola
    to push one's way
    abrirse paso a empujones
    Example sentences
    • Ryo stood to walk out of the house, but Kunshi moved toward him and pushed him back into a seat.
    • He felt sunshine on his face, but it was quickly torn away from him as a sack was ruthlessly shoved onto his head and he was pushed away.
    • Immediately she was pushed away and the ground would have cushion her fall except that would have hurt, but she was cushion by a warm body instead.
    Example sentences
    • A few months ago, I was walking down the main street in my home town when two women in front, pushing their children in strollers, stopped dead on the pavement and started talking.
    • After a couple, you'll be ready to emulate Byron, who liked to swim across the Grand Canal pushing a candle in front of him.
    • She glared and started pushing her cart in front of mine.
    1.2 (press)
    darle a
    accionar [formal]
    Example sentences
    • The size of a watch, the DRS device is activated by pushing the Panic Button or when the device senses you haven't moved around in a while.
    • Then I discovered I could keep my left leg elevated, whilst pushing the sewing machine pedal with my right foot.
    • Staff activate the alarms by pushing an easily accessible button.
    1.3 (force) to push prices up/down
    hacer que suban/bajen los precios
    I tried to push the thought to the back of my mind
    traté de no pensar en ello
  • 2 (put pressure on) you're pushing him/yourself too hard
    le/te exiges demasiado
    to push somebody to + infinitive/into somethingthey're pushing me to pay up
    me están presionando para que pague
    me están apretando para que pague [colloquial]
    she was pushed into joining
    la presionaron para que se hiciera socia
    why don't you leave? — don't push me!
    ¿por qué no te vas? — ¡mira, no me tientes!
    you can only push people so far
    todos tenemos un límite
    to be pushed for time/money [colloquial]
    andar escaso de tiempo/de dinero
    andar corto de tiempo/de dinero [colloquial]
    you'd be pushed to find a better one
    difícilmente encontrarás uno mejor
    that's pushing it (a bit) [colloquial]you can do it in half an hour, but that's pushing it
    se puede hacer en media hora, pero eso está apurándolo un poco
    it might be pushing it a bit to describe it as …
    puede que sea algo exagerado describirlo como …
    puede que sea pasarse un poco describirlo como … [colloquial]
  • 3 3.1 (promote) she used the appearance to push her novel
    aprovechó la ocasión para promocionar su novela
    her aunt was really pushing the idea
    su tía insistía en la idea
    Example sentences
    • Public sympathy pushed the Sorbonne to promote her to her dead husband's professorship.
    • Global sales have pushed Hyundai to seventh place, ahead of both Honda and Nissan.
    • He's pushed the Yell sale - which has been in limbo for years.
    3.2 (sell) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Police today declared war on drug dealers from London pushing cocaine, heroin and crack to children as young as 13.
    • But Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe said legalising cannabis would lead drug barons to push even more hard drugs.
    • They lie, rob, cheat, push hard drugs, intimidate innocent people and run protection rackets.
  • 4 (approach) [colloquial] (only in -ing form) to be pushing forty
    rondar los cuarenta
    Example sentences
    • I'm pushing forty, though forty seems to be doing most of the pushing.
    • I was surprised to find out, however, that the boys are actually a bit older than myself (I'm pushing fifty).

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (give a push) 1.2 (move through crowd) don't push at the back there!
    ¡los de atrás que no empujen!
    Example sentences
    • With more and more force, he pushed aside anyone that stood in his way, with his hands and soon with his blade.
    • The security forces were aggressive, pushing forward until an elderly demonstrator suffered a heart attack.
    • Mark jumped aside as Grace pushed past him and made a watch out kind of whistle.
    1.3 (in childbirth)
  • 2 (apply pressure) to push for somethingwe're pushing hard for an early decision
    estamos presionando al máximo para que se decida pronto

Phrasal verbs

push about

(British English)
push around

push ahead

verb + adverb
to push ahead (with something)

push along

verb + adverb
largarse [colloquial]

push around

verb + object + adverb [colloquial]
1 (physically)
darle empujones or empellones a
2 (bully)
mandonear [colloquial]
mangonear [colloquial]

push away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
hacer a un lado

push back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (shove)
2 (force back)
hacer retroceder
3 (extend)

push forward

1verb + adverb
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (force forward)
empujar hacia adelante
2.2 (call attention to) you have to push yourself forward
tienes que hacerte valer
she's always pushing her daughter forward
siempre te pone por delante a su hija
siempre te mete a su hija por las narices [colloquial]

push in

verb + adverb
colarse [colloquial]
she pushed in in front of me
se me coló [colloquial]

push off

verb + adverb
1 (in boat) 2 (leave, go) [colloquial]
largarse [colloquial]

push on

verb + adverb
1 (continue journey)
seguir viaje
2 (continue working)

push out

1verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb (make move outwards)
sacar a empujones
2verb + adverb (in boat)
desatracar empujando
3verb + object + adverb (dismiss unfairly)

push over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
echar abajo or derribar empujando
tirar al suelo

push past

1verb + adverb
entrar/salir abriéndose paso or camino
2verb + preposition + objectshe pushed past the journalists
pasó haciendo a un lado a los periodistas

push through

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
hacer aprobar
2verb + preposition + object
abrirse paso or camino entre
she pushed through the waiting journalists
pasó haciendo a un lado a los periodistas que la esperaban
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