Meaning of MOTION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ moʊʃ(ə)n ]

( motions, motioning, motioned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Motion is the activity or process of continually changing position or moving from one place to another.

...the laws governing light, sound, and motion...

One group of muscles sets the next group in motion...

The wind from the car’s motion whipped her hair around her head.

= movement



A motion is an action, gesture, or movement.

He made a neat chopping motion with his hand.

= movement

N-COUNT : usu with supp


A motion is a formal proposal or statement in a meeting, debate, or trial, which is discussed and then voted on or decided on.

The conference is now debating the motion and will vote on it shortly...

Opposition parties are likely to bring a no-confidence motion against the government...



If you motion to someone, you move your hand or head as a way of telling them to do something or telling them where to go.

She motioned for the locked front doors to be opened...

He stood aside and motioned Don to the door...

I motioned him to join us...

He motioned to her to go behind the screen.

= signal, gesture

VERB : V for n to-inf , V n prep / adv , V n to-inf , V to n to-inf


see also slow motion , time and motion


If you say that someone is going through the motions , you think they are only saying or doing something because it is expected of them without being interested, enthusiastic, or sympathetic.

‘You really don’t care, do you?’ she said quietly. ‘You’re just going through the motions.’

PHRASE : V inflects


If a process or event is in motion , it is happening. If it is set in motion , it is happening or beginning to happen.

His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion...

Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR , PHR after v


If someone sets the wheels in motion , they take the necessary action to make something start happening.

I have set the wheels in motion to sell Endsleigh Court.

PHRASE : V inflects

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