empujar

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Late Latin impulsāre, from Latin in + pulsāre, present active infinitive of pulsō, or a frequentative of impellō, impellere. Doublet of impulsar, a later borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /empuˈxaɾ/, [ẽmpuˈxaɾ]

Verb[edit]

empujar (first-person singular present empujo, first-person singular preterite empujé, past participle empujado)

  1. (transitive) to push, to shove, to jostle
    Synonym: arrempujar (obsolete)
  2. to nudge (push into action by pestering or annoying a person)
    Le empujó con el codo de una manera muy dolorosa.She nudged him with her elbow in a very painful manner.

Conjugation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

If wanting to say nudge in a gentle sense, use the phrase darle un empujoncito a or darle un codazo a. Only use the verb empujar for "nudge" when meaning a person is nudging someone forcefully or annoyingly where it is strong enough for someone to be disturbed by it.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Portuguese: empurrar

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