I UK [ˈbʌt(ə)n] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "button":
singular button plural buttons
1) a small object that you press to make a machine start working or perform a particular action

Just press this button to start the computer.

Press the pause button.

Click the left mouse button twice.

a) one of the small parts on a telephone that you press to call a number

a push-button phone

b) computing a symbol on a computer screen that you can use to start programs

Click on the Start button.

2) a small round object that is used for fastening clothes by pushing it through a hole

He had undone the top button of his shirt.

a cardigan with small pearl buttons

3) a round badge that you wear on your clothes

push/press someone's buttons — to deliberately say something in order to make someone angry or upset; to make someone sexually excited

I try not to get mad, but he knows exactly how to push all my buttons.

push/press the right buttons — mainly journalism to please an audience with a political speech by saying things that the audience agrees with

The Prime Minister's speech pushed all the right buttons.


II UK [ˈbʌt(ə)n] / US verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "button":
present tense I/you/we/they button he/she/it buttons present participle buttoning past tense buttoned past participle buttoned
button or button up to fasten something with buttons, or to be fastened with buttons

Button your shirt before we go into the restaurant.

a dress that buttons down the back

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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