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Definition of nudge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nudge
    he / she / it nudges
    past simple nudged
    -ing form nudging
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  1. 1[transitive] nudge somebody/something to push someone gently, especially with your elbow, in order to get their attention He nudged me and whispered, “Look who just came in.”
  2. 2[transitive] nudge somebody/something + adv./prep. to push someone or something gently or gradually in a particular direction He nudged the ball past the goalie and into the net. She nudged me out of the way. (figurative) He nudged the conversation toward the subject of money. (figurative) She tried to nudge him into changing his mind (= persuade him to do it).
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] nudge (something) + adv./prep. to move forward by pushing with your elbow He nudged his way through the crowd.
  4. 4[transitive] nudge something (+ adv./prep.) to reach or make something reach a particular level Inflation is nudging 20%. This afternoon's sunshine could nudge the temperature above freezing.
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