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Synonyms for thrust

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  1. thrustnoun

    gist, point, break, focus, lift, grab, dart, push

  2. thrustnoun

    To make advance with force.

    Pierre was a master swordsman, and could parry the thrusts of lesser men with barely a thought.

    point, rush, attack, charge, break, gist, lift, dart, push, grab, focus

  3. thrustverb

    A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)

    The cutpurse tried to knock her satchel from her hands, but she avoided his thrust and yelled, Thief!

    dart, push, charge, force, compel, point, break, lift, focus, gist, grab

  4. thrustnoun

    To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.

    He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.

    stab, reach, dart, point, gist, focus, push, grab, lift, break

  5. thrustnoun

    The primary effort; the goal.

    Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.

    focus, dart, lift, break, gist, grab, point, push

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. thrust

    To drive is to move an object with some force or violence before or away from oneself; it is the direct reverse of draw, lead, etc. A man leads a horse by the halter, drives him with whip and rein. One may be driven to a thing or from it; hence, drive is a synonym equally for compel or for repel or repulse. Repulse is stronger and more conclusive than repel; one may be repelled by the very aspect of the person whose favor he seeks, but is not repulsed except by the direct refusal or ignoring of his suit. A certain conventional modern usage, especially in England, requires us to say that we drive in a carriage, ride upon a horse; tho in Scripture we read of riding in a chariot (2 Kings ix, 16; Jer. xvii, 25, etc.); good examples of the same usage may be found abundantly in the older English. The propriety of a person's saying that he is going to drive when he is simply to be conveyed in a carriage, where some one else, as the coachman, does all the driving, is exceedingly questionable. Many good authorities prefer to use ride in the older and broader sense as signifying to be supported and borne along by any means of conveyance. Compare BANISH; COMPEL; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for DRAW.

    compel, drive, impel, propel, push, repel, repulse, resist, ride, urge on

    Drive to market; to despair; drive into exile; from one's presence; out of the city; drive by, with, or under the lash; drive by or past beautiful estates; along the beach; beside the river; through the park; across the field; around the square; to the door; into the barn; out of the sunshine.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. thrust

    push, drive, force, dress, shove, impel, urge

    draw, retract, snatch, extract

Princeton's WordNet

  1. push, thrustnoun

    the force used in pushing

    "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines"

    jabbing, pushing, button, push, stab, knife thrust, push button, drive, poking, driving force, poke, thrusting, energy, jab, get-up-and-go

  2. stab, thrust, knife thrustnoun

    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

    "one strong stab to the heart killed him"

    jabbing, shot, push, stab, knife thrust, poking, drive, pang, driving force, poke, thrusting, twinge, jab

  3. drive, thrust, driving forcenoun

    the act of applying force to propel something

    "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

    stab, driveway, jab, crusade, drive, effort, knife thrust, driving, driving force, parkway, movement, jabbing, thrusting, campaign, ride, cause, private road, poke, push, poking

  4. thrustnoun

    verbal criticism

    "he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians"

    poke, jabbing, push, stab, knife thrust, drive, poking, driving force, thrusting, jab

  5. jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrustingverb

    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

    "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"

    jabbing, punch, stab, dig, drive, clout, garget, sack, driving force, carrier bag, knife thrust, slug, dawdler, lick, poke, paper bag, lagger, biff, pigeon berry, thrusting, jab, drone, trailer, laggard, scoke, push, poking

  6. thrustverb

    push forcefully

    "He thrust his chin forward"

    pierce, squeeze, hurl, lunge, throw, stuff, push up, shove, hurtle, force

  7. thrust, stuff, shove, squeezeverb

    press or force

    "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"

    extort, pressure, crush, scarf out, lug, rack, twinge, constrict, overindulge, binge, stuff, gouge, tweet, embrace, gormandize, shove, gormandise, throw, glut, compress, engorge, gourmandize, pig out, ingurgitate, coerce, block, overeat, contract, hale, press, lunge, jostle, hurtle, squeeze, squash, twitch, bosom, pinch, wring, push up, mash, englut, wedge, hurl, hug, force, choke up, pierce, squelch, compact, farce, overgorge, satiate, gorge

  8. lunge, hurl, hurtle, thrustverb

    make a thrusting forward movement

    cast, squeeze, hurl, lunge, throw, stuff, push up, pierce, shove, hurtle, force

  9. force, thrustverb

    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

    "She forced her diet fads on him"

    stuff, throw, force, pressure, hale, drive, coerce, draw, push up, shove, storm, squeeze, pull, hurtle, wedge, ram, hurl, impel, lunge, pierce, push

  10. pierce, thrustverb

    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

    squeeze, hurl, lunge, throw, stuff, push up, pierce, shove, hurtle, force

  11. thrustverb

    force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

    pierce, squeeze, hurl, lunge, throw, stuff, push up, shove, hurtle, force

  12. thrust, push upverb

    push upward

    "The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air"

    pierce, squeeze, hurl, lunge, throw, stuff, push up, shove, hurtle, force

  13. throw, thrustverb

    place or put with great energy

    "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"

    fuddle, confound, fox, confuse, bedevil, cast off, stuff, have, push up, shove, make, switch, throw, cast, flip, give, bemuse, lunge, befuddle, hurtle, squeeze, shake off, throw off, throw away, contrive, drop, bewilder, hurl, discombobulate, force, pierce, project, hold, shed

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. thrustverb

    push, drive, impel, force, clap, poke, shove

  2. thrustverb

    make a thrust

  3. thrustnoun

    push, shove, pass, stab, allonge, lunge, tilt

  4. thrustnoun

    assault, attack, charge

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. thrustnoun

    push, shove, allonge, stab, protrusion

  2. thrustverb

    push, force, impel, shove, stab, pierce, protrude

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How to use thrust in a sentence?

  1. Luther Standing Bear:

    Civilization has been thrust upon me... and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    The sphere of adversity is never a cut & thrust i.e. it's never a difficult atmosphere/environment to survive in. Yes, all it takes to live through it is just patience/perseverance/persistence. That's all.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    It would be a mistake to really thrust our country into another contentious national debate about how we're going to provide quality, affordable healthcare to everybody.

  4. Jared Bernstein:

    I think he is wrong in a pretty profound way about that claim in the following sense and there's a way in which Larry's offering a warning that we've already heeded. ... I very much disagree with the thrust of the argument is that we have to go big and we have to go bold here to finally put this crisis, to finally put this virus behind us and to finally and reliably launch a robust, inclusive and racially equitable recovery, we have consistently said the risks of going to small are much greater than the risks of too much. Now that doesn't mean there are no risks engaged in the kind of work that we're doing because that's always the case in the economy.

  5. Petro Poroshenko:

    They couldn’t decide and they weren’t going to get into the war unless they were thrust into the war.

Translations for thrust

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • stoßen, schiebenGerman
  • énfasis, propulsar, impulso, envión, estocada, asestar, empuje, forzarSpanish
  • työntää, iskeä, sysätäFinnish
  • poussée, propulser, estocadeFrench
  • sparradh, stob, buailScottish Gaelic
  • taszítHungarian
  • հարվածArmenian
  • stoccata, spintaItalian
  • דחףHebrew
  • 押す, 突く, 刺す, 突きJapanese
  • រុញច្រាន, ដំណើរហក់Khmer
  • 돌격Korean
  • torohaki, pūmukaMāori
  • steek, vooruitstuwenDutch
  • støtNorwegian
  • ímpeto, impulso, empurrar, ênfase, estocada, estender, ataque, esticarPortuguese
  • împunge, împinge, bușiRomanian
  • тяга, укол, толкнуть, пихать, навязывать, удар, выпад, наступать, толкать, пихнутьRussian
  • syfte, målSwedish
  • 推力Chinese

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