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 \ adverb

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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.

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One of the most moving lines in Shakespeare is perhaps the simplest. Robert R. Garnett, WSJ, "A Lost Love Gave Us Hemingway’s Spare Prose," 6 July 2018 As many of his characters come to realize in these wise and moving stories, the blessing and the curse of a vast landscape is to have yourself for company. Justin Taylor, New York Times, "Stories Filled With Strivers, Schemers and Adventurers," 10 Apr. 2018 For all his faults, Pinch is gifted with wisdom, as is the author of this sad, funny and moving novel. The Economist, "The damage overbearing fathers do to sons," 22 Mar. 2018 Political writer and official RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany spent months traveling throughout the United States conducting interviews with Americans, whose powerful and moving stories were forgotten or intentionally ignored by our leaders. Fox News, "'The New American Revolution' by Kayleigh McEnany," 8 Jan. 2018 Thanks to this section, there was finally a standard for how moving pictures should work on the web. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The GIF Is Dead. Long Live the GIF.," 18 Aug. 2016 In the profile, Lohan reflects on her life and former party-girl, tabloid-sweetheart status and how moving overseas has encouraged growth in other facets of her life, including meditation, entrepreneurship and self-care. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Lindsay Lohan's 'New York Times' Profile," 26 June 2018 Much of the film’s heist, which operated with knife-sharp precision and more moving parts than the inside of a clock, involved our very own magazine—the movie’s closing credits looked a bit like its masthead. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All the Stars Turned Out for the World Premiere of Ocean’s 8," 6 June 2018 Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne did the simple and moving thing of putting a story into song. John Adamian,, "Jackson Browne Coming To The Oakdale," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of moving

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

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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