1 of 2

transitive verb (1)

: to cause to be agitated (as with excitement)
specifically : to stir up emotionally


2 of 2

transitive verb (2)

: remove
especially : to dismiss from an office or position

Word History


Transitive verb (1)

Middle English amoven, ameven, from Middle French amovoir to incite (from Latin admovēre to bring to, put to, apply to, from ad- + movēre to move) & esmovoir to set in motion, stir up emotionally (from Latin exmovēre, emovēre to move away, remove, from ex, e out of, from + movēre to move)

Transitive verb (2)

Middle English amoven, ameven, modification (influenced by Middle English amoven, ameven to stir up emotionally) of Latin amovēre, from a- (from ab-) + movēre to move

First Known Use

Transitive Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amove was in the 14th century

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“Amove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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