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shove

verb \ ˈshəv \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of shove

shoved; shoving
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
2 a : to move something by exerting force
b : leave usually used with off
  • shoved off for home

shover

noun

Examples of shove in a Sentence

  1. He shoved the door until it finally opened.

  2. A large man shoved me out of the way.

  3. She shoved her plate aside.

  4. He shoved me into the pool.

  5. A group of security guards shoved through the crowd.

  6. The children were pushing and shoving to see the clowns.

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Origin and Etymology of shove

Middle English, from Old English scūfan to thrust away; akin to Old High German scioban to push and probably to Lithuanian skubti to hurry

shove Synonyms

Synonyms
drive, propel, push, thrust
Related Words
impel, move; bear (down), compress, depress, jam, pressure, squash, squeeze, weigh (upon); bulldoze, compel, force, lean (on or against), muscle, ram

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shove

noun

Definition of shove

: an act or instance of shoving : a forcible push

Examples of shove in a Sentence

  1. He gave the door a shove, and it opened.

Recent Examples of shove from the Web

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First Known Use of shove

14th century



SHOVE Defined for English Language Learners

shove

verb

Definition of shove for English Language Learners

  • : to push (something) with force

  • : to push (someone or something) along or away in a rough or careless way


shove

noun

Definition of shove for English Language Learners

  • : a strong, forceful push


SHOVE Defined for Kids

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shove

verb \ ˈshəv \

Definition of shove for Students

shoved; shoving
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.

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shove

noun

Definition of shove for Students

: a forceful push


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