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motionnoun

us   /ˈmoʊ·ʃən/
  • motion noun (MOVEMENT)

[C/U] the act or process of moving, or a particular movement: [U] His range of motion was exactly equal on both sides. [C] She moved her finger in a circular motion.
  • motion noun (FORMAL REQUEST)

[C] a formal request, usually one made, discussed, and voted on at a meeting: [+ to infinitive] Someone made a motion to increase the membership fee.
[C] A motion is also a request made to a judge in court for something to happen.
in motion
Something in motion is moving or operating or has started: The alarm rang and suddenly everyone was in motion. The governor’s request set in motion the process for receiving federal funds.

motionverb [always + adv/prep]

us   /ˈmoʊ·ʃən/
to make a signal to someone, usually with your hand or head: [T] He motioned me to sit down. [I] I saw him motion to the man at the door.
(Definition of motion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"motion" in British English

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motionnoun

uk   /ˈməʊ.ʃən/ us   /ˈmoʊ.ʃən/
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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motionverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈməʊ.ʃən/ us   /ˈmoʊ.ʃən/
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 family all gathered around 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)

"motion" in Business English

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motionnoun [C]

uk   /ˈməʊʃən/ us   MEETINGS
a formal suggestion made, discussed, and voted on at a meeting: introduce/make/propose a motion They will propose a motion to move the vote to the evening of June 9. approve/carry/pass a motion The group unanimously passed a motion endorsing the designs. defeat/reject a motion put forward/table/adopt a motion
(Definition of motion from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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