English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to apply steady force to in order to move
They pushed him into the car.
Synonyms
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force
The extra weight of the crash helmet forced my head backwards.
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thrust
They thrust him into the back of a jeep.
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drive
I used the sledgehammer to drive the pegs in.
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sweep
Suddenly, she was swept along by the crowd.
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plunge
A soldier plunged a bayonet into his body.
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poke
Lindy poked him in the ribs.
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propel
The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
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nudge
`Stop it,' he said, and nudged me in the ribs.
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prod
He prodded Murray with the broom.
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hustle
The guards hustled Harry out of the car.
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bulldoze (informal)
He bulldozed through the Tigers' defence.
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manhandle
The three of us manhandled the dinghy out of the shed.
Opposites
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(verb) 
He got into the lift and pushed the button for the second floor.
Synonyms
press
He pressed his back against the door.
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depress
He depressed the pedal that lowered the chair.
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squeeze
Joe squeezed some juice from the oranges.
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hold down
(verb) 
Definition
to thrust (one's way) through something, such as a crowd
I pushed through the crowds and on to the escalator.
Synonyms
make or force your way
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move
The hearings moved me to come up with these suggestions.
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shoulder
He shouldered past her and opened the door.
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inch
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thrust
She thrust her way into the crowd.
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elbow
They elbowed me out of the way.
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shove
He shoved her out of the way.
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jostle
We spent an hour jostling with the crowds as we did our shopping.
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work your way
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thread your way
(verb) 
The army may push southwards in the coming weeks.
Synonyms
advance
Rebel forces are advancing on the capital.
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progress
He progressed slowly along the coast in an easterly direction.
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proceed
She proceeded along the hallway.
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go on
the necessity for the war to go on
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go ahead
The board will vote today on whether to go ahead with the plan.
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go forward
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press on
Organizers of the strike are determined to press on.
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make inroads
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move onward
(verb) 
Definition
to spur or drive (oneself or another person) in order to achieve more effort or better results
Her parents kept her in school and pushed her to study.
Synonyms
urge
He urged restraint on the security forces.
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encourage
She encouraged her to demand a pay rise.
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persuade
My husband persuaded me to come.
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spur
His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.
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drive
Curiosity drove me to probe into what they worked on together.
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influence
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
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prod
a tactic to prod the government into spending more on education
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constrain
Individuals will be constrained to make many sacrifices for the greater good.
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incite
He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
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coerce
He argued that the government had coerced him into resigning.
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egg on
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impel
I felt impelled to go on speaking.
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exert influence on
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inspan (South Africa)
Opposites
, ,
put off
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dissuade
(verb) 
Definition
to be an advocate or promoter (of)
Advertisers often use scientific doublespeak to push their products.
Synonyms
promote
He has announced a full British tour to promote his new album.
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advertise
Religious groups are not allowed to advertise on TV.
It has been much advertised in specialist magazines.
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hype
We had to hype the film to attract the financiers.
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publicize
The author appeared on TV to publicize her latest book.
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boost
companies seeking to boost their product ranges
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plug (informal)
If I hear another actor plugging his latest book I will scream.
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puff
TV correspondents puffing the new digital channels
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make known
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cry up (old-fashioned)
(verb) 
Definition
to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
She was accused of pushing drugs.
Synonyms
sell
It sells everything from hair ribbons to oriental rugs.
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deal in
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peddle
dealers peddling drugs
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traffic in
(noun) 
Definition
the act of pushing
He gave me a sharp push.
Synonyms
shove
She gave Gracie a shove in the back.
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thrust
a thrust of his hand that sent the lad reeling
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poke
John smiled and gave Rashid a playful poke.
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nudge
She slipped her arm under his and gave him a nudge.
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prod
He gave the donkey a prod in the backside.
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Opposites
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(noun) 
Definition
a special effort to achieve something
(informal)  All that was needed was one final push, and the enemy would be vanquished once and for all.
Synonyms
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charge
He led the bayonet charge from the front.
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attack
a campaign of air attacks on strategic targets
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campaign
The General's campaign against the militia has so far failed.
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advance
They simulated an advance on enemy positions.
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assault
The rebels are poised for a new assault.
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raid
The rebels attempted a surprise raid on a military camp.
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offensive
The armed forces have launched an offensive to recapture lost ground.
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thrust
a thrust into territory seized by Iranian forces
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blitz
Security forces are active since the bombing blitz last month.
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(noun) 
Definition
drive or determination
(informal)  He lacked the push to succeed in his chosen vocation.
Synonyms
drive
He is best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.
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go (informal)
Considering her age, she still has a lot of go in her.
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energy
At 65 years old, her energy is wonderful.
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initiative
He was disappointed by her lack of initiative.
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enterprise
His trouble is that he lacks enterprise.
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ambition
a mixture of ambition and ruthlessness
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determination
They acted with great courage and determination.
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pep
They need something to put the pep back in their lives.
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vitality
He fell in love with her for her vitality and sense of fun.
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vigour
He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
He played with great vigour.
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dynamism
a situation that calls for dynamism and new thinking
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welly (slang)
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get-up-and-go (informal)
She's got more get-up-and-go than anyone I know.
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gumption (informal)
He didn't have the gumption to seize the opportunity when it came up.

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Additional synonyms

in the sense of advertise
Definition
to present or praise (goods or a service) to the public, in order to encourage sales
Religious groups are not allowed to advertise on TV.It has been much advertised in specialist magazines.
Synonyms
plug (informal),
push (informal),
crack up (informal),
make known,
beat the drum (informal),
bring to public notice
in the sense of ambition
Definition
strong desire for success
a mixture of ambition and ruthlessness
in the sense of assault
Definition
a violent attack, either physical or verbal
The rebels are poised for a new assault.
Synonyms

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