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

Synonyms for shove

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Lapel video of the Aug. 27 incident involving Farmington police officer Zach Christensen, an 11-year veteran of the department released Monday, appears to show him shoving the crying sixth grader into a wall. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "New Mexico school resource officer resigns after being caught on video allegedly roughing up 11-year-old girl," 22 Oct. 2019 The manager handed over $3,000 from the safe, which Wallace reportedly shoved into a backpack before fleeing. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "West St. Paul man charged in two armed robberies in St. Paul, suspected in several others, authorities say," 17 Oct. 2019 As an African-American woman, my mother was acutely aware that a person, and a woman in particular, could be shoved into a lower rank in a very real and profound way. Michele Norris, National Geographic, "Why the future should be female," 15 Oct. 2019 Richie Incognito was penalized after shoving an opponent's face into the turf. USA TODAY, "Chiefs knocked from ranks of the unbeaten. And a familiar face replaces a Gruden on the sideline," 7 Oct. 2019 Court documents say the surgeon was leaving a Walmart store when he was confronted by an armed man and shoved into a van. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pleads guilty in kidnap, torture plot of plastic surgeon," 27 Sep. 2019 Castleberry sat alone in a holding cell with his tooth shoved into his nasal cavity and bleeding on himself. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County jail guard who left inmate with missing teeth says he doesn’t know how injuries happened," 20 Sep. 2019 Hobbs said the idea came after seeing students try to shove papers into one folder. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston teacher invents silent fidget gadget, begins Kickstarter," 6 Sep. 2019 The problem was that Harris easily shoved Robinson out of bounds to stop the clock, leaving the Bears with more work to do. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Broncos, including an offense that’s stuck and a defense that prevented huge chunk plays," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kane gives Hartman a shove and Hartman slashes Kane in the leg. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild upset with officials after Ryan Hartman’s five-minute major," 8 Nov. 2019 The secular slump in long-term interest rates, caused in part by abundant savings, was given an extra shove after the financial crisis by central banks’ easy-money policies. The Economist, "Capital is flooding into Silicon Valley," 2 Nov. 2019 Dickerson got up with a shove and went helmet to helmet with the Blue Devil. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few things you may have missed in Alabama win over Duke," 1 Sep. 2019 The river below the outlet of Long Tangle Lake was push and shove. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Highway is in great shape, and caribou are there for the taking," 8 Sep. 2019 The Jordan shove and the Iverson step-back become indelible images in our mind, as do dominant dynasties and one-year wonders. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Savarese responded by giving Asprilla a shove in the shoulder. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese discusses his shove, Dairon Asprilla’s handshake snub during Kansas City game," 10 Sep. 2019 For one, there’s the type of motion thrust faults produce, which is more of a vertical shove than the horizontal back and forth of a strike-slip fault, Wolfe says. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Hidden earthquake risk found lurking beneath Los Angeles," 30 Aug. 2019 With tonight’s deluge, the AZT has just given me a big shove. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, chicagotribune.com, "‘Hiker trash,’ a fat rattlesnake and fickle Mother Nature: What it’s like to trek 800 miles on the Arizona Trail," 4 Sep. 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
How to pronounce shove (audio)

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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