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 Spite is for people who want to shove you off the garden walk. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 In the great scheme of things somehow the Marine Corps thought the best way to transport men around Iraq was to shove us into a AAVs. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 4 May 2021 And yet when push comes to shove, sports club members acknowledge that their associations don’t actually do very much. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 29 May 2021 The men began to physically shove and drag the Black Freedom Riders to the back of the bus. Ayano Nagaishi, USA Today, 5 May 2021 Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney nearly found trouble in the outside lane as Larson tried to shove Blaney forward. Kelly Crandall, USA TODAY, 2 May 2021 The only way to consume the stuff was to shove the entire string in your mouth and masticate the waxy nylon into an unsatisfying granular mass. Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Many, many more people would have likely died if their peers or first responders weren’t around to shove Narcan, a lifesaving overdose reversal drug, into their thighs or up their noses. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Jan. 2021 Sarner appears to punch Caldwell, shove her to the ground and kick her head. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But even without a mandate, a nudge can feel like a shove. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2021 Late in the second period, Kucherov collided with Driedger on a breakaway, possibly aided by a shove from Florida defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 23 May 2021 There is no investment in a long-term relationship, only a push – or in many cases, a shove – toward a sale. Jeff Pedowitz, Forbes, 20 May 2021 As baseball brouhahas go, the one precipitated by Eaton’s shove of Cleveland Indians shortstop Andrés Giménez after being called out for coming off second base was a mild one. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 21 Apr. 2021 When play returned to the other end of the floor, Mills returned fire with a shoulder shove into Sampson’s chest. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2021 Busch took the lead for the final time off a shove by Blaney on a lap 257 restart. Kelly Crandall, USA TODAY, 2 May 2021 There’s video evidence of the shove, followed by the clearing of both benches and bullpens. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 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, 1 Apr. 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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Last Updated

12 Jun 2021

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“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for shove

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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