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push toward

1. To move or proceed toward someone or something, especially with determination or in spite of some difficulty or hindrance. We pushed toward the river through the thick underbrush. An assailant began pushing toward the senator through the crowd of people.
2. To shove, thrust, or press someone or something toward someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "push" and "toward." I pushed her toward Jake so that she would finally ask him out. I pushed the desk toward the window.
3. To proceed or make progress in the direction of some goal or outcome especially with determination or in spite of some difficulty or hindrance. We've had a number of delays, but we're still pushing toward a December release date for the product. The government has pushed closer toward passing the controversial legislation.
4. To urge, cause, or compel someone to take some action. A number of corporate lobbyists are pushing the senators toward voting against the regulatory bill. My father pushed me toward studying law, but my real passion is for art.
5. To urge, cause, or compel someone or something in the direction of some goal or outcome. We've hired a new team to push the project toward completion. All of the new pressures this business is experiencing is pushing me toward an early retirement.
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push someone or something toward someone or something

to propel someone or something to someone or something. The drama coach got behind the shy young actor playing Romeo and pushed him toward Juliet. Clyde pushed his victim toward the edge of the cliff.
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push toward someone or something

to move or struggle toward someone or something. The crowd pushed toward the convicted man, but the police held them back. The horses pushed toward the corral gate.
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What can you do to engage prospective students, get them to identify themselves and communicate with you, and push them toward enrollment?
Hers is an unsettling mimicry that takes up a repertoire of caricatures only to push them toward the limits of the obscene.
The chemicals pull electrons (negatively charged particles that orbit an atom's nucleus, or center) away from the battery's positive end and push them toward the negative end.
It called on the Lebanese President, the House Speaker and the Prime Minister to intervene immediately to stop these measures, which only serve to increase the suffering of refugees and push them towards migration, which contradicts their right to return to their homeland.
Illegal fishermen could also push them towards the shore.
"China believe the decision will send a positive signal to the international community, especially the disputing parties in Syria, and will push them towards solving the Syrian issue through dialogue and negotiation," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as telling a press conference in Beijing.