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 moving (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web How many people is a bit of a moving target due to variants of coronavirus. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "We probably won’t reach COVID herd immunity. So why are states already re-opening?," 3 May 2021 While the Trump administration promised anywhere between 355 and 500 ships in the U.S. Navy in the coming years, funding and the mix of manned and unmanned platforms was a moving target. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon readies unmanned Navy but denies it's about China," 27 Apr. 2021 Yarbrough has been a moving target for years now, and has managed to stay one step ahead of hitters in the AL East, no small feat. Tony Blengino, Forbes, "More Of The Best Pitches Of 2020 - The Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough’s Changeup," 12 Apr. 2021 The number of people who need to be immune to protect the entire population from COVID is something of a moving target, experts say. oregonlive, "When will we reach herd immunity? As COVID-19 variants multiply, the race has become 'a little harder'," 11 Apr. 2021 Ruby - This is has been a moving target since the first stimulus a year ago. Rich Exner, cleveland, "How do 2021 births and deaths factor into payments under the third stimulus package? - That’s Rich! Q&A," 1 Apr. 2021 This display boils it down to dropping a marble onto a moving target. Dewayne Bevil,, "‘Planet Pioneers’ lands at Orlando Science Center," 25 Feb. 2021 How schools pay for cell towers is a moving target. NBC News, "If you build it, they will learn: Why some schools are investing in cell towers," 13 Mar. 2021 Edwin Alicea, a chaplain at AdventHealth, witnessed a moving moment when a nurse in the COVID unit held an iPad to connect a daughter with her dying mom. Adelaide Chen,, "For families of COVID-19 victims, pandemic year brought grief but not closure," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of moving

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

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8 May 2021

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“Moving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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