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

All of them, Tesla chairwoman Robyn Denholm noted, were just fever dreams in 2008, when the business mainly involved a couple of engineers shoving batteries into the body of a red Lotus Elise. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting ran on pure, high-octane optimism," 12 June 2019 Prany shoved the towel deeper into the interrogator’s mouth and jammed his knee down against him. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 The changes are part of a slate of proposals Baker unveiled Tuesday, two weeks after a devastating derailment on the Red Line caused widespread delays and shoved the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority back under the public microscope. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing pressure, Baker will seek $50 million for MBTA to speed the pace of maintenance," 25 June 2019 But with gross domestic product per capita less than half that of neighboring Qatar, shoving economic pressures onto citizens carries political risks. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Can’t Earn Its Way Out of Trouble," 18 June 2019 With the Orioles’ Jonathan Villar on third base, Zack Britton struggling with his sinker, shoved a wild one into the dirt. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Gary Sanchez is playing old school defense, but is the new school letting him down?," 17 June 2019 American thinkers hoping to shove the Democratic Party further left can point to Britain as a laboratory of left-wing ideas. The Economist, "The winner (no longer) takes it all," 15 June 2019 Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident. CBS News, "NBA Finals: Raptors top Warriors 105-92 in Game 4, giving them 3-1 lead in series," 8 June 2019 Seeing this, the other members of the Monterey Five unsuccessfully attempt to fight him off, until Bonnie shoves Perry down a nearby flight of stairs. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Everything to remember about Big Little Lies before the season 2 premiere," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pair came to blows late in the first-half of the bronze medal decider when the Barcelona superstar took offence to a forceful shove from his opponent, with the two players' teammates getting involved in the scuffle. SI.com, "Lionel Messi Shown Ridiculous Red Card for Phantom Headbutt on Chile Midfielder Gary Medel," 6 July 2019 The person resists standing up, and the officer gives them another shove that has them careening into the camera. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale police officer suspended for shoving New Year’s reveler to the ground," 25 June 2019 Hamilton said both directed profanity at him, and that Henderson even added a shove to the shoulder, witnessed by Kulesz. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tension at Troy City Council meeting as fingers point at mayor," 12 June 2019 There are shoves from commuters who can’t wait three to four minutes for the next train, but no one growls in irritation. Washington Post, "AP Photos: In the loop: Tokyo from a commuter train line," 7 June 2019 Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history. Author: Jimmy Golen, Anchorage Daily News, "St. Louis wins its first Stanley Cup, beating Boston 4-1," 13 June 2019 Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1," 13 June 2019 Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history. Jimmy Golen, Houston Chronicle, "Arch madness: St. Louis Blues top Bruins, win first Stanley Cup," 12 June 2019 Finally, understudy Jake Allen gave the starter a little shove, and the Game 7 star timidly skated forward to receive the Cup and cap off one of the great rookie runs in NHL history. Jimmy Golen, chicagotribune.com, "Blues win their 1st Stanley Cup in franchise history, topping the Bruins in Game 7," 12 June 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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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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