shove

verb
\ ˈshəv How to pronounce shove (audio) \
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 offshoved 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

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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 The video shows Lopez shove a person on his left and then pull the weapon from the man, who was wearing a black tactical vest. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "WATCH: Video shows Louisville protest shooter taking gun from man, police say," 29 June 2020 Maybe rent a small camper, shove the dogs inside and find a remote spot in the mountains or near the water, where the cell coverage is nonexistent but the scenery breathtaking? Washington Post, "A never-Trumper tried to drag Domino’s over an 8-year-old tweet. The pizza giant was just saying thanks.," 26 June 2020 Fort Lauderdale police have identified Steven Poherence as the officer seen on video appearing to shove a female protester who was kneeling on the ground as tensions rose Sunday night downtown. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Want to reform the police? Hire more women," 23 June 2020 Another player decides to shove, pushing all his chips to the center. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 The two officers appeared to shove him to the ground, resulting in Gugino falling on his back and lay motionless with a pool of blood underneath his head. Fox News, "Buffalo activist shoved to ground by police is unable to walk, lawyer says," 17 June 2020 The original plan was to shove in a V-10 from Ralf Schumacher's Williams-BMW Formula 1 car. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2001 BMW X5 Le Mans Concept Had the V-12 Heart of a McLaren F1," 16 June 2020 For the hospitals to shove me into a corner and neglect me . . . Anchorage Daily News, "These people have been sick with coronavirus for more than 60 days," 11 June 2020 Kirk was in no way trying to shove Fitzgerald out the door. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals' addition of DeAndre Hopkins will only help Christian Kirk's ascension at receiver," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Scott is 24 and his youthful indifference is starting to turn into a full-fledged character flaw, which is why Margie gives him a push and then a shove out of her house to get his act together. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Pete Davidson steps up in ‘King of Staten Island’," 12 June 2020 The shove was not mentioned in an initial statement saying that Gugino fell. Ryan J. Foley, Anchorage Daily News, "Video evidence increasingly disproves police narratives," 9 June 2020 News reports on Tuesday stated that Gugino remains in hospital following a shove by two police officers that led him to fall and bleed from his head and ears. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "GoFundMe donations for elderly Buffalo man injured by police soar after baseless Trump tweet," 9 June 2020 The Fox-body models, particularly the minimalist LX trims, aged well and still deliver an entertaining shove in the back. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "What Used Car to Buy: 1979–93 Ford Mustang 5.0," 6 June 2020 But one of his colleagues, a black woman on the force, is receiving praise for appearing to reprimand him after the shove. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A Florida police officer pushed a kneeling protester to the ground. Then his black colleague stepped in," 3 June 2020 Artest delivers a hard foul on Ben Wallace, who retaliates with a shove that sends Artest all the way to media row. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The most stunning Michigan sports endings this century from all corners," 1 June 2020 With no one around to give it a shove, scientists had to improvise. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Reparations for Guam islanders, and more," 27 Mar. 2020 Ireland used the man advantage to work flanker Rhys Ruddock over Anton Sychev with a helpful shove from prop John Ryan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ireland rebound from Japan loss by beating Russia only 35-0," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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shove

verb
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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 How to pronounce shove (audio) \
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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