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

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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 Sarner appears to punch Caldwell, shove her to the ground and kick her head. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "New York couple accused of attacking Black hotel clerk appear in court amid protests," 29 Apr. 2021 Even the memorial reel was introduced with a strange recitation of all the bad things that can kill people, including poverty, which seemed to shove the losses of some of the most beloved people to the background behind political issues. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Problem Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 To paraphrase Johnny Paycheck, take this card and shove it. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Jason Isbell returns Country Music Association membership card," 13 Nov. 2020 That led Sampson to shove and then head-butt Mills in return. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Indiana's Sampson suspended, two Spurs fined," 21 Apr. 2021 Assertive, autocratic governments like China’s may use the moment to shove weaker neighbors around. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The pandemic won’t end anywhere until it’s under control everywhere," 14 Apr. 2021 With the Democratic majority in both Houses, Biden may be able to shove the plan down their throats. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "How To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Using Immigration," 8 Apr. 2021 After watching a video of a man in New York City violently shove a Chinese woman, who then needed stitches in her head, Munn pushed for his arrest on social media. NBC News, "Jeremy Lin, Olivia Munn join NBC News town hall on anti-Asian hate crimes," 11 Mar. 2021 Such a move would allow Democrats to shove the coronavirus package through in the upper chamber with a 51-vote majority that would include Harris's tie-breaking vote. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Harris to Arizona and West Virginia in first major assignment: Help us help you," 31 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s video evidence of the shove, followed by the clearing of both benches and bullpens. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Adam Eaton should accept his 1-game suspension and get back to being the Adam Eaton the Chicago White Sox need," 21 Apr. 2021 The current attention on the differences between the men’s and women’s college-basketball tournaments may be just the shove needed to force an NCAA–Title IX reckoning. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "March Madness Could Spark a Title IX Reckoning," 1 Apr. 2021 Figueroa buried his head and, with his left hand, gave Peterson a soft shove. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "USC dominates, again, to advance to the Elite Eight in 82-68 win over Oregon," 29 Mar. 2021 Without turbos muddying things, there's a direct relationship between the accelerator and the shove into the seat. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Porsche Cayman GT4 PDK Will Set You Free," 19 Mar. 2021 Gabriel gave Kurtis MacDermid a two-handed shove in the back in warm-ups after the Kings’ enforcer skated a stride over the red line, an unwritten no-no according to hockey etiquette. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jones, Kane help San Jose win 2nd in row against Los Angeles," 24 Mar. 2021 In response, Morris ran after Cousins for a more aggressive shove, prompting a heated exchange of words and teammates from both teams to separate the two players. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Rockets' DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers' Markieff Morris tussle; both end up ejected during game," 11 Jan. 2021 Flynn said throughout the investigation, video of the shove remained the primary evidence. Fox News, "Buffalo police officers seen shoving elderly protester have charges dropped," 11 Feb. 2021 As a result, the gun’s recoil is divided into two or three small pushes instead of one larger one, and the sensation is much more like a shove than a punch. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Gas Vs. Inertia Shotguns—Which is Better?," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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