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

That means the faults in the basin where Los Angeles sits today first slid in one direction and then reversed, forming thrust faults in which blocks of land are shoved on top of others. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Hidden earthquake risk found lurking beneath Los Angeles," 30 Aug. 2019 Court documents state Spaulding responded by shoving her and spitting in her face before locking himself into the house. Bethany Freudenthal, USA TODAY, "Man accused of force-feeding meth to cat used kitten in extortion attempt, court docs show," 27 Aug. 2019 Drejka's attorneys said in closing arguments that McGlockton caused his own death by shoving the defendant who was put in a vulnerable position on the ground and fired his gun to protect himself. CBS News, "Jury finds Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in "stand your ground" case," 24 Aug. 2019 His defense attorney said Friday during closing arguments that McGlockton caused his own death by shoving Drejka and that Drejka was only protecting himself by firing his gun. NBC News, "Florida man found guilty in parking lot shooting of unarmed black man," 24 Aug. 2019 For any pre-bandwagon Warriors fan, the shift rekindles sour memories of 2014 and the first time Golden State tried to shove Barnett out of the TV booth. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ TV team: A change that makes sense — this time," 27 July 2019 At that point Field stopped her by shoving her into a pillar and forcibly turning her around. Fox News, "British lawmaker suspended after video shows him violently grabbing female protester by the neck," 21 June 2019 By intentionally shoving Lowry, the NBA could conclude that Stevens intentionally breached the NBA’s Code of Conduct. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Warriors Strip Mark Stevens of His Minority Stake After Kyle Lowry Shove?," 6 June 2019 The way that scene in The Sopranos where Junior Soprano breaks up with his girlfriend by shoving a lemon meringue pie into her face feels. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why does the idea of “Hermione 2020” make me so angry?," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Both teams rushed out on the field, but there were no punches thrown; there were a few solid shoves, many light jostles and several pairs of teammates restraining each other. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "'What Are You Looking At?': The Question That Started the Pirates-Braves Basebrawl," 10 June 2019 When Mitch Herbert, the eldest of the brothers, attempted a spin off a post move, Ionescu stuffed him and threw in a shove for good measure. oregonlive.com, "Sabrina Ionescu discusses her viral block and how her team lost pickup basketball game to Herbert brothers," 18 Aug. 2019 Wednesday’s game was no exception, as a shove turned into a swing that sparked a full-fledged brawl. Lauren Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Rough-and-tumble Gaelic football is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic," 15 Aug. 2019 Bala said the study, while important and credible, does not distinguish between different severities of physical abuse, such as the difference between a shove and a brutal beating. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "‘A gendered trap’: When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study shows," 29 July 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 That billionaire happened to own a piece of the opposing team and responded with vulgarity and a shove. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NBA commissioner Adam Silver blew it with soft penalty for Warriors' minority owner," 6 June 2019 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

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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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