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1 extending directly upward from : I saw flames over Berlin. • above so as to cover or protect : an oxygen tent over the bed | ladle this sauce over fresh pasta. • extending above (a general area) from a vantage point : views over Hyde Park. • at the other side of; beyond : over the hill is a small village. 2 expressing passage or trajectory across : she trudged over the lawn. • beyond and falling or hanging from : it toppled over the cliff. • expressing duration : inventories have been refined over many years | she told me over coffee. • by means of; by the medium of : over the loudspeaker. 3 at a higher level or layer than : watching a television hanging over the bar. • higher in grade or rank than : over him is the financial director. • expressing authority or control : editorial control over what is included. • expressing preference : I'd choose the well-known brand over that one. • expressing greater number : the predominance of Asian over African managers in the sample. • higher in volume or pitch than : he shouted over the noise of the taxis. 4 higher than or more than (a specified number or quantity) : over 40 degrees C | they have lived together for over a year. 5 on the subject of : a heated debate over unemployment. adverb 1 expressing passage or trajectory across an area : he leaned over and tapped me on the hand. • beyond and falling or hanging from a point : listing over at an acute angle. 2 in or to the place mentioned or indicated : over here | come over and cheer us up. 3 used to express action and result : the car flipped over | hand the money over. • finished : the match is over | message understood, over and out. 4 used to express repetition of a process : twice over | the sums will have to be done over again.
1 [ trans. ] exert force on (someone or something), typically with one's hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force : she pushed her glass toward him | he pushed a card under the door | [ intrans. ] he pushed at the skylight, but it wouldn't budge. • [ trans. ] hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move along in front of one : a woman was pushing a stroller. • move one's body or a part of it into a specified position, esp. forcefully or with effort : she pushed her hands into her pockets. • [ trans. ] press (a part of a machine or other device) : he pushed the button for the twentieth floor. • figurative affect (something) so that it reaches a specified level or state : they expect that the huge crop will push down prices. 2 [ intrans. ] move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside : she pushed her way through the crowded streets | he pushed past an old woman in his haste. • (of an army) advance over territory : the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital. • exert oneself to attain something or surpass others : I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish. • ( push for) demand persistently : the council continued to push for the better management of water resources. • [ trans. ] compel or urge (someone) to do something, esp. to work hard : she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard. • ( be pushed) informal have very little of something, esp. time : I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment. • ( be pushing) informal be nearly (a particular age) : she must be pushing forty, but she's still a good looker. 3 [ trans. ] informal promote the use, sale, or acceptance of : the company is pushing a $500 asking price. • put forward (an argument or demand) with undue force or in too extreme a form : he thought that the belief in individualism had been pushed too far.
1 toward the sky or a higher position : he jumped up | two of the men hoisted her up | the curtain went up. • upstairs : she made her way up to bed. • out of bed : Miranda hardly ever got up for breakfast | he had been up for hours. • (of the sun) visible in the sky after daybreak : the sun was already up when they set off. • expressing movement toward or position in the north : I drove up to Detroit. • to or at a place perceived as higher : going for a walk up to the stores. • Brit. toward or in the capital or a major city : give me a ring when you're up in London. • Brit. at or to a university, esp. Oxford or Cambridge : they were up at Cambridge about the same time. • (of food that has been eaten) regurgitated from the stomach : I was sick and vomited up everything. • [as exclam. ] used as a command to a soldier or an animal to stand up and be ready to move or attack : up, boys, and at ‛em. 2 to the place where someone is : Dot didn't hear Mrs. Parvis come creeping up behind her. 3 at or to a higher level of intensity, volume, or activity : she turned the volume up | liven up the graphics | U.S. environmental groups had been stepping up their attack on GATT. • at or to a higher price, value, or rank : sales are up 22.8 percent at $50.2 million | unemployment is up and rising. • winning or at an advantage by a specified margin : there they were in the fourth quarter, up by 11 points | we came away 300 bucks up on the evening. 4 into the desired or a proper condition : the mayor agreed to set up a committee. • so as to be finished or closed : I've got a bit of paperwork to finish up | I zipped up my sweater. 5 into a happy mood : I don't think anything's going to cheer me up. 6 displayed on a bulletin board or other publicly visible site : he put up posters around the city. 7 (of sailing) against the current or the wind. • (of a ship's helm) moved so that the rudder is to leeward. 8 Baseball at bat : every time up, he had a different stance.