moving

adjective
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of moving

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 a :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

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.

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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 English Language Learners

moving

adjective

Definition of moving for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MOVING Defined for Kids

moving

adjective mov·ing \ ˈmü-viŋ \

Definition of moving for Students

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

movingly

adverb
  • spoke movingly


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