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 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

Synonyms for shove

Synonyms: Verb

drive, propel, push, thrust

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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

Norms like the presumption of innocence, due process, fairness itself have all been shoved aside in a political frenzy. Fox News, "High school friend of Kavanaugh reacts to new allegation; Alan Dershowitz on Kavanaugh chaos," 28 Sep. 2018 Growing up, Eurocentric beauty standards were shoved down our throats by the media and even our peers. Teryn Payne, Teen Vogue, "Nappily Ever After Celebrates the Natural Beauty of Black Women," 21 Sep. 2018 The launch of the more affordable iPhone XR is being shoved to mid-October. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to preorder the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR," 13 Sep. 2018 The device, a magnetic-confinement fusion reactor named for the sun, was shoved to the side after Soviet scientists revealed their tokamak design to the world in 1968. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "German Nuclear Fusion Experiment Sets Records for Stellarator Reactor," 26 June 2018 In Louisville, a young black woman holding an anti-Trump sign was violently shoved by several white men while people around her called her the n-word and used a vulgarity. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Before Trump warned that Maxine Waters had ‘called for harm,’ he told supporters he’d like to punch a protester," 25 June 2018 The bag’s straps can even stow away, making the whole thing easier to shove into an overhead compartment. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Peak Design’s new $300 Travel Backpack is designed to be the ultimate carry-on bag," 23 July 2018 Godoy was shot in the abdomen and foot, and a disposable diaper was shoved in his mouth, apparently to suffocate him, Sinai said. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 Now our accountant is shoving documents through a slot in what looks like a locked trash can. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Sorry Marie Kondo—I Love Mess!," 12 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These tiny fluctuations give the atom little shoves and kicks. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single atoms sit still on a hot plate, may yield new quantum tech," 10 Sep. 2018 When a ‘shove and pull’ method of swing-release failed, the fire service arrived with a trusty screwdriver. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 But Rudinger arrives in the nick of time to deliver just enough of a shove to knock him off, and a charging Neuer smothers the chance like a warm blanket. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Germany’s World Cup Is Saved in the Blink of an Eye (and Flick of a Foot)," 24 June 2018 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

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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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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 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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