mov·​ing | \ ˈmü-viŋ How to pronounce moving (audio) \

Definition of moving

1a : 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
2a : producing or transferring motion or action
b : stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional response a moving story of a faithful dog

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Other Words from moving

movingly \ ˈmü-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce movingly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of moving in a Sentence

a moving story of a faithful dog He gave a moving speech at the memorial service.
Recent Examples on the Web But the Sox weren’t prepared to make Shaw an offer without first moving salary via trade, so the corner infielder went elsewhere in the division., "Taking a closer look at baseball’s unusual offseason - The Boston Globe," 29 Dec. 2019 For Stichelbaut, some of the most moving discoveries are trench art: Engravings, bullets cut and hammered into crucifixes, and other objects that show how troops were spending their anxious downtime. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 23 Dec. 2019 The result is one of the most moving podcasts of the year. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 20 Dec. 2019 For an equally moving but different experience, check out Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue ( back in Dover Plains. Amy Thomas,, "Dutchess County, N.Y., is an easy getaway, with earthly delights and exotic discoveries," 22 Sep. 2019 There were some surprisingly moving touches in Angel — for instance, Banning’s relationship with his father. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Review: Angel Has Fallen," 21 Sep. 2019 Pitt, however, manages some genuinely moving revelations of character under duress. Michael Phillips,, "’Ad Astra’ review: Brad Pitt soars to Neptune and beyond for some family therapy and introspection," 18 Sep. 2019 Directed by company member Jessica Schulte, the drama is undeniably harrowing yet deeply moving, honest in its depiction of the limited choices and repercussions for families like the one in Jent’s play. Christine Dolen,, "Review: New City Players’ ‘Falling’ plunges into a family’s life coping with autism," 11 Oct. 2019 The index fell below its 50-day and 100-day moving averages on Tuesday to trade at the top of the range that dictated sentiment throughout August. Sarah Ponczek,, "China Swipes Trump’s ‘Stay Tuned’ Tactic When Talking Trade," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of moving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jan 2020

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“Moving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce moving (audio)

English Language Learners 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


mov·​ing | \ ˈmü-viŋ \

Kids Definition of moving

1 : changing place or position a moving target
2 : causing feelings of sadness or sympathy a moving story
3 : used for transporting belongings from one place to another a moving van

Other Words from moving

movingly adverb spoke movingly

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