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

This time, Lewis had run at Andrade and shoved him backward. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Fatal fight over door ding: Attacker weeps at sentencing in front of angry family," 29 Aug. 2019 In grainy surveillance footage of the scene, McGlockton leaves the store, then approaches Drejka and shoves him to the ground. Adeel Hassan, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Stand your ground’ trial in Florida ends with manslaughter verdict," 24 Aug. 2019 In grainy surveillance footage of the scene, Mr. McGlockton leaves the store, approaches Mr. Drejka and shoves him to the ground. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "‘Stand Your Ground’ Case in Florida Ends With Manslaughter Verdict," 24 Aug. 2019 Drejka, who is white, shot while on his back from close range seconds after McGlockton shoved him as Drejka argued with McGlockton's girlfriend. Terry Spencer, orlandosentinel.com, "In trial of suspect who shot unarmed black man after argument over handicap parking space, shooter told detectives he feared severe injury," 22 Aug. 2019 But defense attorney Bryant Camareno said the same video, watched without slow motion, showed that Drejka was acting in self-defense after McGlockton shoved him and his girlfriend threatened him. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Both sides in Florida manslaughter trial say video of fatal shooting will prove their case," 21 Aug. 2019 Now, days after the wedding, Tana is showing off her new and improved ring, and shoving it into the face of the haters. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tana Mongeau Just Clapped Back At Everyone Who Said Her Engagement Ring from Jake Paul is Fake," 2 Aug. 2019 Rance, apparently disturbed that the Corrados had left their dog off leash, shoved her onto large boulders at the river’s edge and began to strike her with a metal baton on the back of her head, according to the suit. oregonlive.com, "Violent attack at Poet’s Beach by homeless man spurs suit against city," 17 July 2019 Moments later, however, the driver’s door opened, Rivera looked back and then started the vehicle and backed into the cruiser, shoving it back several feet, Litwin said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police: After chase, man rammed East Hartford cruiser," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The river below the outlet of Long Tangle Lake was push and shove. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Highway is in great shape, and caribou are there for the taking," 8 Sep. 2019 The Jordan shove and the Iverson step-back become indelible images in our mind, as do dominant dynasties and one-year wonders. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Savarese responded by giving Asprilla a shove in the shoulder. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese discusses his shove, Dairon Asprilla’s handshake snub during Kansas City game," 10 Sep. 2019 For one, there’s the type of motion thrust faults produce, which is more of a vertical shove than the horizontal back and forth of a strike-slip fault, Wolfe says. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Hidden earthquake risk found lurking beneath Los Angeles," 30 Aug. 2019 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

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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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