Definition of budge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    budge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bʌdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌdʒ//
     
    (usually used in negative sentences)(rather informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they budge
    BrE BrE//bʌdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌdʒ//
     
    he / she / it budges
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌdʒɪz//
     
    past simple budged
    BrE BrE//bʌdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌdʒd//
     
    past participle budged
    BrE BrE//bʌdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌdʒd//
     
    -ing form budging
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move slightly; to make something/somebody move slightly She pushed at the door but it wouldn't budge. The dog refused to budge. budge something I heaved with all my might but still couldn't budge it.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to change your opinion about something; to make somebody change their opinion He won't budge an inch on the issue. budge somebody He was not to be budged on the issue.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French bouger ‘to stir’, based on Latin bullire ‘to boil’.Extra examples He sat down and would not budge. He threw all his weight against the door, but it wouldn’t budge an inch. She absolutely refused to budge. The union won’t budge on its demand. I pushed hard at the door but it wouldn’t budge. We all heaved on the rope, but still couldn’t budge the car from the mud. Phrasal Verbsbudge up
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