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Simple Definition of moving

  • : changing place or position

  • : having a strong emotional effect : causing feelings of sadness or sympathy

  • : relating to the activity or process of moving to a different place to live or work

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of moving

  1. 1 a :  marked by or capable of movement b :  of or relating to a change of residence <moving expenses> c :  used for transferring furnishings from one residence to another <a moving van> d :  involving a motor vehicle that is in motion <a moving violation>

  2. 2 a :  producing or transferring motion or action b :  stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional response

movingly play \ˈmü-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of moving in a sentence

  1. a moving story of a faithful dog

  2. He gave a moving speech at the memorial service.

14th Century

First Known Use of moving

14th century

Synonym Discussion of moving

moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy <a moving appeal for contributions>. impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction <an impressive list of achievements>. poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities <a poignant documentary on the homeless>. affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos <an affecting deathbed reunion>. touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion <the touching innocence in a child's eyes>. pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt <pathetic attempts to justify misconduct>.

MOVING Defined for Kids


adjective mov·ing \ˈmü-viŋ\

Definition of moving for Students

  1. 1 :  changing place or position <a moving target>

  2. 2 :  causing feelings of sadness or sympathy <a moving story>

  3. 3 :  used for transporting belongings from one place to another <a moving van>

movingly adverb <spoke movingly>

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