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

Bivens suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture after she was allegedly shoved down by Ambriz, the newspaper reported, citing a criminal complaint. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "West Virginia meteorologist accused of shoving news anchor, fracturing her skull in fight," 31 Aug. 2018 Michael Drejka, after being shoved to the ground, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, who had pushed Drejka but started to back off. German Lopez, Vox, "He killed someone in a parking space dispute. But police say he just stood his ground.," 23 July 2018 That’s when Schwantes was shoved out of the women’s restroom altogether, according to police. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He was forcing open a girl’s bathroom stall — but a ‘brave bystander’ took him on, Wisc. cops say," 29 June 2018 And as that propelled the whole situation further ... Step 3: A reminder of the impact There's usually someone who is unwittingly shoved into the spotlight but wants to make their feelings known. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "The Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert saga sums up how social media have changed celebrity drama," 2 May 2018 Last summer, a lawsuit was filed that alleged 73-year-old Robert Tigner was shoved to the ground by a United worker, in Houston. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "United Airlines took wheelchair from man who fell at Orlando International, lawsuit says," 19 Mar. 2018 Lastly, the scientists say the stars could have even formed while the stars were still getting into their current position, and was shoved out during the stellar shuffling. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "We Found a Planet Twirling Between Three Suns," 7 July 2016 Gambee shoves Johnson's face into the corner of the elevator door and the door frame, according to the report. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Robert Johnson, unarmed man beaten by Mesa police: 'I want Mesa to be held accountable.'," 7 June 2018 Later, an officer shoves his head into the elevator door. NBC News, "Four Arizona police officers put on leave after video shows man's beating," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the man just gave his mom a shove and hit her hard across the jaw before stomping through the kitchen and slamming the back door, leaving Sylvia in a pile of tears and blood on the floor. Erika Andersen, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Reason My Husband Survived Abuse and Poverty As a Child: His Faith in God," 26 June 2018 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

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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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