Definition of budge in English:



  • 1usually with negative Make or cause to make the slightest movement.

    no object ‘the queue in the bank hasn't budged’
    with object ‘I couldn't budge the door’
    • ‘He pushed again, putting his weight into it, but the door barely budged at all.’
    • ‘He put the phone down, then returned minutes later, saying the roof door would not budge.’
    • ‘‘Hell yes it's my chair,’ he answered, not budging an inch.’
    • ‘Even with people around them were yelling at the kids to move they never budged.’
    • ‘None of them were surprised when the door didn't budge but a few centimeters.’
    • ‘My hand pressed against the smooth panel of the oak door, and it budged slowly.’
    • ‘I heard crashing from inside, and the door budged.’
    • ‘She would occasionally glance up and casually ask whether she could help, while having no intention of budging an inch.’
    • ‘Poppy, delighted to be the centre of attention, simply sat down and basked in the glory but budge one inch she would not.’
    • ‘Despite dramatic improvements in seismic and offshore drilling technologies that have opened up huge new areas for exploration, Australia's reserves have barely budged over the years.’
    • ‘It was like pushing up against a car: it moved slightly under pressure but couldn't be budged.’
    • ‘‘I'm kind of afraid to go in,’ Sarah admits, her hand on the car door handle but not budging.’
    • ‘She rattled the bars of the window and door but nothing budged.’
    • ‘The door wouldn't budge or bend, so they moved me over the seat and through the back passenger door on a back-board.’
    • ‘I pushed the door, it didn't open, I tried again, and again; the door wasn't budging.’
    • ‘Horses are excellent at annoying drivers, they simply stand there in the road and they won't budge an inch.’
    • ‘The mattress finally budged and began to slip and slide down the remaining 10 steps, finally landing in a big pile at the end of the staircase.’
    • ‘There was a moment of awkwardness where neither of us budged an inch.’
    • ‘I've been watching you, you know - you haven't budged an inch for at least an hour.’
    • ‘He tried pushing harder and the door budged enough for him to get his head through.’
    move, shift, change position, stir, give way, go
    move, dislodge, shift, change the position of, remove, relocate, reposition, get going, set going
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    1. 1.1budge up" or US "budge overinformal no object Make room for another person by moving.
      ‘budge up, boys, make room for your uncle’
      • ‘The locals are friendly, and will always budge over a little to make room.’
      • ‘With the summer holidays bringing hordes of tourists down to Weymouth, August ended with the town so packed with sweaty tourists you had to ask the next person to budge up a bit so you could put your hand in your pocket.’
      • ‘I budged up next to him so that I could look through the window.’
      • ‘He budged up and she sat beside him, then he changed the channel.’
      • ‘Hurrah to Matt and Alice and Paula for budging up to make room for me.’
      • ‘THE BBC's well-stocked array of football pundits had better get ready to budge up on the sofa.’
      move over, move up, shift over, shift up, make room, make space
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    2. 1.2usually with modal Change an opinion.
      no object ‘he wouldn't budge on his decision’
      • ‘Nick actually sounded desperate but I could see a look of resolution on Mack's face which clearly said she wasn't budging from her decision.’
      • ‘Over the last 15 months the home owners have been in negotiations with the council on this matter but last week talks broke down after the council refused to budge over its 4.2 per cent pay offer.’
      • ‘One decision that I have not budged from is Jade's diet.’
      • ‘That's why the bosses have so far been refusing to budge over the pay and conditions.’
      • ‘But Thompson has made it clear he will not budge over the job losses, which will include compulsory redundancies.’
      • ‘Neither Japan nor Europe are budging on where the ITER reactor is to be built.’
      • ‘The West Indies Cricket Board is not budging from its decision to leave out Brian Lara and six other cricketers from the WI team for the series against South Africa starting in Guyana two weeks from now.’
      • ‘She wouldn't budge an inch; keeping onto her shares and making sure Clerys was not up for grabs.’
      • ‘Professor Paterson, later to resign from the committee over the BBC's ultimate refusal to budge over the issue, has provided an account of this meeting.’
      • ‘She said: ‘I went through the proper channels, I asked for it to be felled because it was damaging a wall and my drive. We have another tree in our garden removed in February because it was diseased, but the council will not budge over this one.’’
      • ‘I won't budge an inch because we are giving an important service to the community.’
      • ‘He budged not one inch on the bitter controversies dividing his party.’
      • ‘He was not deterred by threats, or bewitched by the famous names of the director and his actors, or budged from his opinion by a brash reporter.’
      • ‘Autorickshaw drivers, on the other hand, refuse to budge an inch on the issue of switching to digital meters.’
      • ‘The talks collapsed after UnionPay and the banks refused to budge on charges.’
      • ‘We have agreed but made it clear that, no matter what the outcome of the specialist surveys, we shall not be budging an inch on our price.’
      • ‘South African rugby is very disappointed at the outcome of the Sanzar Board meeting in London at the weekend, where the hopes of a Rugby Super 14 from 2003 were dashed by New Zealand's unwillingness to budge over certain issues.’
      • ‘It will also pay a 25 percent refund on rail season ticket costs for workers - another issue it said it would not budge over.’
      • ‘For the second consecutive general election campaign, opinion polls have barely budged.’
      • ‘Seeing how Manda wouldn't budge from her decision, her friend gave a resigned sigh.’
      change one's mind, give way, give in, yield, acquiesce, compromise, adapt, retract, do a u-turn, eat one's words
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Late 16th century: from French bouger ‘to stir’, based on Latin bullire ‘to boil’.