Definition of budge in English:



  • 1[usually 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’
    • ‘She would occasionally glance up and casually ask whether she could help, while having no intention of budging an inch.’
    • ‘There was a moment of awkwardness where neither of us budged an inch.’
    • ‘He pushed again, putting his weight into it, but the door barely budged at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Horses are excellent at annoying drivers, they simply stand there in the road and they won't budge an inch.’
    • ‘It was like pushing up against a car: it moved slightly under pressure but couldn't be budged.’
    • ‘I pushed the door, it didn't open, I tried again, and again; the door wasn't budging.’
    • ‘She rattled the bars of the window and door but nothing budged.’
    • ‘He tried pushing harder and the door budged enough for him to get his head through.’
    • ‘None of them were surprised when the door didn't budge but a few centimeters.’
    • ‘The door wouldn't budge or bend, so they moved me over the seat and through the back passenger door on a back-board.’
    • ‘My hand pressed against the smooth panel of the oak door, and it budged slowly.’
    • ‘‘I'm kind of afraid to go in,’ Sarah admits, her hand on the car door handle but not budging.’
    • ‘He put the phone down, then returned minutes later, saying the roof door would not budge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've been watching you, you know - you haven't budged an inch for at least an hour.’
    • ‘Even with people around them were yelling at the kids to move they never budged.’
    • ‘Poppy, delighted to be the centre of attention, simply sat down and basked in the glory but budge one inch she would not.’
    • ‘‘Hell yes it's my chair,’ he answered, not budging an inch.’
    • ‘I heard crashing from inside, and the door budged.’
    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. 1.1informal [no object]Make room for another person by moving.
      ‘budge up, boys, make room for your uncle’
      • ‘Hurrah to Matt and Alice and Paula for budging up to make room for me.’
      • ‘He budged up and she sat beside him, then he changed the channel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘THE BBC's well-stocked array of football pundits had better get ready to budge up on the sofa.’
      • ‘The locals are friendly, and will always budge over a little to make room.’
      • ‘I budged up next to him so that I could look through the window.’
    2. 1.2[usually with modal]Change an opinion.
      [no object] ‘he wouldn't budge on his decision’
      • ‘Autorickshaw drivers, on the other hand, refuse to budge an inch on the issue of switching to digital meters.’
      • ‘It will also pay a 25 percent refund on rail season ticket costs for workers - another issue it said it would not budge over.’
      • ‘That's why the bosses have so far been refusing to budge over the pay and conditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The talks collapsed after UnionPay and the banks refused to budge on charges.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Neither Japan nor Europe are budging on where the ITER reactor is to be built.’
      • ‘For the second consecutive general election campaign, opinion polls have barely budged.’
      • ‘She wouldn't budge an inch; keeping onto her shares and making sure Clerys was not up for grabs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seeing how Manda wouldn't budge from her decision, her friend gave a resigned sigh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Thompson has made it clear he will not budge over the job losses, which will include compulsory redundancies.’
      • ‘One decision that I have not budged from is Jade's diet.’


Late 16th century: from French bouger to stir, based on Latin bullire to boil.