shove

verb
\ ˈshəv \
shoved; shoving

Definition of shove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to push along

2 : to push or put in a rough, careless, or hasty manner : thrust

3 : to force by other than physical means : compel shove a bill through the legislature

intransitive verb

1 : to move by forcing a way bargain hunters shoving up to the counter

2a : to move something by exerting force

b : leave usually used with off shoved off for home

shove

noun

Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of shoving : a forcible push

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Other words from shove

Verb

shover noun

Examples of shove in a Sentence

Verb

He shoved the door until it finally opened. A large man shoved me out of the way. She shoved her plate aside. He shoved me into the pool. A group of security guards shoved through the crowd. The children were pushing and shoving to see the clowns.

Noun

He gave the door a shove, and it opened.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hellmuth raised to 6,000 chips and firefighter James Campbell (Ace-9) shove all-in with a 4-3-10 flop, perhaps as a bluff. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Phil Hellmuth apologizes for foul-mouthed rant during World Series of Poker hand," 10 July 2018 When Rodriguez bumped into a young girl while trying to pass her on the sidewalk near his home, the toddler’s mother shoved him to the ground and beat him in the face with a brick, police told the station. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘Go back to your own country.’ 92-year-old man beaten with a brick, L.A. cops say," 8 July 2018 As Plummer humanizes his character, moving him from towering narcissist to irascible charmer, the story shoves Farmiga in the other direction. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Boundaries' reduces Farmiga to Plummer's helper.," 4 July 2018 With four minutes remaining in the third quarter and Dellavedova's Boomers leading, 79-48, the Philippines' Roger Ray Pogoy shoved Australia's Chris Goulding to the floor. Scott Allen, chicagotribune.com, "Massive Australia-Philippines basketbrawl leads to 13 ejections, forces cancellation," 2 July 2018 While serving in Afghanistan in August of 2012, he was credited with saving many lives by shoving a suicide bomber to the ground, hindering the effectiveness of an attack that killed four men. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "University of Maryland graduate, Medal of Honor recipient to lead nation's largest Veterans Day parade," 15 June 2018 Gambee shoved Johnson's face into the corner of the elevator door and the door frame, according to the report. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Charges dropped against Robert Johnson, man brutally beaten by Mesa police," 14 June 2018 Finally, James shoved Curry with that forearm, sending him airborne. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "LeBron James scouting report: world-class traveler, actor — with a mean forearm," 13 June 2018 With the Pacers leading 83-82 midway through the fourth quarter after a Stephenson 3-pointer, Stephenson made some kind of contact with James, which caused James to shove Stephenson with a forearm, drawing a technical foul. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "LeBron James and Lance Stephenson, a timeline: Ear blowing, choke signs and a groin shot," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Moments later, after Paul fouled Dieng, Dieng nailed Paul with a hard shove. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets take down Timberwolves, cap victorious back-to-back," 18 Mar. 2018 Giles picked up a technical foul on Tuesday for a shove of Memphis guard Brandon Goodwin in the second quarter. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Harry Giles isn't trying to act like Kevin Garnett. He just can't help it, he says," 10 July 2018 Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Celtics beat Cavaliers to take 3-2 lead in East finals," 24 May 2018 Having twice fouled Jonathan Viera before the winger eventually went down, the Welshman responded to Viera's subsequent protests with a blatant shove. SI.com, "Las Palmas vs Real Madrid Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 30 Mar. 2018 There was an opportunity for Georgia’s defense to get off the field with a seven-point lead and six minutes left, but Parrish delivered a slight and unnecessary shove that kept Alabama going all the way to the end zone. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Georgia had Alabama and let it slip away; Bulldogs' breakthrough moment delayed again," 9 Jan. 2018 Davis also was assessed a technical foul in the half after a dunk and a shove on the Blazers. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Tempers between Pelicans, Blazers flare late in first half of Game 4," 21 Apr. 2018 To find out, Micheli and his colleagues first simulated its journey through the solar system, accounting for gravitational shoves from all eight planets, Pluto, the moon and the largest bodies in the Asteroid Belt. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Interstellar Mystery Object Now Thought to Be a Comet," 27 June 2018 The players traded shoves before their teammates separated them. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Matt Kemp ejected in Dodgers' 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rangers," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of shove

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shove

Verb

Middle English, from Old English scūfan to thrust away; akin to Old High German scioban to push and probably to Lithuanian skubti to hurry

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The first known use of shove was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for shove

shove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to push (something) with force

: to push (someone or something) along or away in a rough or careless way

shove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong, forceful push

shove

verb
\ ˈshəv \
shoved; shoving

Kids Definition of shove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to push with steady force He shoved the box under the table.

2 : to push along or away carelessly or rudely She shoved me out of the way.

shove

noun

Kids Definition of shove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forceful push

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