- 1[transitive, intransitive] to push something/somebody suddenly or violently in a particular direction; to move quickly and suddenly in a particular direction thrust something/somebody/yourself + adv/prep. He thrust the baby into my arms and ran off. She thrust her hands deep into her pockets. (figurative) He tends to thrust himself forward too much. Her chin was thrust forward aggressively. + adv./prep. She thrust past him angrily and left.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] thrust (at somebody) (with something) | thrust (something at somebody) to make a sudden strong forward movement at somebody with a weapon, etc. He thrust at me with a knife. a thrusting movement Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old Norse thrýsta; perhaps related to Latin trudere
BrE BrE//θrʌst//; NAmE NAmE//θrʌst//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thrust
BrE BrE//θrʌst//; NAmE NAmE//θrʌst//he / she / it thrusts
BrE BrE//θrʌsts//; NAmE NAmE//θrʌsts//past simple thrust
BrE BrE//θrʌst//; NAmE NAmE//θrʌst//past participle thrust
BrE BrE//θrʌst//; NAmE NAmE//θrʌst//-ing form thrusting
BrE BrE//ˈθrʌstɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrʌstɪŋ//