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 Donald Trump is not going to care about that when push comes to shove ... Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump plan to pullback US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan draws vigorous bipartisan pushback," 18 Nov. 2020 After a rather lackluster weekend of Big Ten football, these two showcase matchups shove the league back into the spotlight. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "AP Top 25 poll: Does the Big Ten Conference deserve multiple teams in the top 10 of the college rankings?," 15 Nov. 2020 In doing so, they were sometimes stereotyped as aggressive — willing, for example, to shove their way through crowds to find seats on the bus or subway after an exhausting day of work. New York Times, "‘Yogurt Ladies’ of South Korea Deliver More Than Dairy," 9 Nov. 2020 The gravitational game of pool can shove planets toward the edges of a system, and even eject them altogether. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Loneliest Planets in the Galaxy," 29 Oct. 2020 Rice’s Jones, though, is skeptical that a late-hour deluge of money will shove Hegar past Cornyn. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Senate hopeful MJ Hegar tries to woo suburban centrists while mobilizing progressive Democrats," 23 Oct. 2020 The one preparing to shove off in a few days with a rail pass and a hostel itinerary? Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "During the pandemic, a lifelong travel writer takes a journey inward to reflect on what he has learned around the globe," 14 Oct. 2020 Herman didn’t instruct center Derek Kerstetter to shove an Oklahoma player after Ehlinger made it near the goal line on third-and-16. Brian Davis, USA TODAY, "Sam Ehlinger heroics can't do enough to save No. 22 Texas from frustrating loss to Oklahoma," 11 Oct. 2020 One that travels more parallel to the coast, for example, isn’t as likely to shove water downward as effectively. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Tropical storms can sometimes ‘supercharge’ the storms that follow," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The single-turbo V-6 operates with surprisingly little turbo lag, and the bountiful torque means that the Amarok feels quicker than its leisurely shove to 60 mph would suggest. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2020 Volkswagen Amarok Still Impresses from Afar," 11 Nov. 2020 Many factors contribute to the slip—a tight hip flexor, a strained calf, moisture in the air—each magnifying the force of the shove. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 Now every week there is news of more longtime businesses closing, given the final shove by pandemic neglect after holding on for so many years. Los Angeles Times, "Will the pandemic turn our favorite old-time L.A. shops and restaurants into memories, or can we do more together to save them?," 31 Oct. 2020 Scott gave Penix a stiff shove in the back on his quarterback sneak to bring it within 28-26. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: breaking down a big upset over Penn State," 26 Oct. 2020 Fellow defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson gave Brown a slight congratulatory shove from behind — hardly uncommon among teammates in a moment of euphoria — and Brown came down awkwardly on his right knee. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "In win vs. Florida, Texas A&M saw good, bad and ugly of celebrations," 19 Oct. 2020 Queen was about to give him a violent blind-side shove. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: How the pass rush made life miserable for Bengals QB Joe Burrow," 14 Oct. 2020 Late in the second quarter, Lattimore was flagged with a 15-yard personal foul for pushing Evans in the back – in retaliation for a shove to Lattimore’s face that officials apparently missed, which might have been retaliation for something else. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady stifled by New Orleans Saints, dealt loss in Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut," 13 Sep. 2020 Shouldn’t his eponymous awards seek to resist the status quo, to give money and influence and calcified tradition a shove as hard as Beard once tried to? Washington Post, "As the restaurant industry suffers, the James Beard Foundation scraps its prestigious awards until 2022," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for shove

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The first known use of shove was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shove. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for shove

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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