Meaning of THRUST in English


I. thrust 1 /θrʌst/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle thrust )

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old Norse ; Origin: thrysta ]

1 . [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to push something somewhere roughly:

She thrust a letter into my hand.

He thrust me roughly towards the door.

2 . [intransitive] to make a sudden movement forward with a sword or knife

thrust at

He skipped aside as his opponent thrust at him.

thrust something ↔ aside phrasal verb

to refuse to think about something:

Our complaints were thrust aside and ignored.

thrust something upon/on somebody phrasal verb

if something is thrust upon you, you are forced to accept it even if you do not want it:

She never enjoyed the fame that was thrust upon her.

He had marriage thrust upon him.

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▪ put to move something to a particular place:

I’ve put the wine in the fridge.


Where have you put my grey shirt?

▪ place to put something somewhere carefully:

‘It’s beautiful,’ he said, placing it back on the shelf.

▪ lay to put someone or something down carefully on a flat surface:

He laid all the money on the table.


She laid the baby on his bed.

▪ position to carefully put something in a suitable position:

Position the microphone to suit your height.


Troops were positioned around the city.

▪ slip to put something somewhere with a quick movement:

He slipped his arm around her waist.


Carrie quickly slipped the money into her bag.

▪ shove to put something into a space or container quickly or carelessly:

Shove anything you don’t want in that sack.


I’ve ironed those shirts so don’t just shove them in a drawer.

▪ stick ( also bung British English ) informal to put something somewhere quickly or carelessly:

I stuck the address in my pocket and I can’t find it now.


Could you bung those clothes in the washing machine?

▪ dump to put something down somewhere in a careless and untidy way:

Don’t just dump all your bags in the kitchen.


People shouldn’t dump rubbish at the side of the street.

▪ pop informal to quickly put something somewhere, usually for a short time:

Pop it in the microwave for a minute.

▪ thrust literary to put something somewhere suddenly or forcefully:

‘Hide it,’ he said, thrusting the watch into her hand.

II. thrust 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable] a sudden strong movement in which you push something forward:

He jumped back to avoid another thrust of the knife.

2 . [singular] the main meaning or aim of what someone is saying or doing

thrust of

the main thrust of the government’s education policy

3 . [uncountable] technical the force of an engine that makes a car, train, or plane move forward

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.