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motion

noun uk   /ˈməʊ.ʃən/ us    /ˈmoʊ-/

motion noun (MOVEMENT)

C2 [C or U] the act or process of moving, or a particular action or movement: The violent motion of the ship upset his stomach. He rocked the cradle with a gentle backwards and forwards motion. They showed the goal again in slow motion (= at a slower speed so that the action could be more clearly seen). [C] UK a polite way of referring to the process of getting rid of solid waste from the body, or the waste itself: The nurse asked if her motions were regular.

motion noun (SUGGESTION)

C2 [C] a formal suggestion made, discussed, and voted on at a meeting: [+ to infinitive] Someone proposed a motion to increase the membership fee to £500 a year. The motion was accepted/passed/defeated/rejected.

motion

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈməʊ.ʃən/ us    /ˈmoʊ-/
to make a signal to someone, usually with your hand or head: I saw him motion to the man at the door, who quietly left. Her attendants all gathered round her, but she motioned them away. [+ obj + to infinitive ] He motioned me to sit down.
(Definition of motion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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