- a piece of mechanism with a particular action or function.
- the action of such a mechanism.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of motion
British Dictionary definitions for go through the motions (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for go through the motions (2 of 2)
- the capacity for movement
- a manner of movement, esp walking; gait
- the evacuation of the bowels
- part of a moving mechanism
- the action of such a part
- to act or perform the task (of doing something) mechanically or without sincerity
- to mimic the action (of something) by gesture
Derived Formsmotional, adjective
Word Origin for motion
Medicine definitions for go through the motions
Idioms and Phrases with go through the motions (1 of 2)
go through the motions
Do something perfunctorily, or merely pretend to do it. For example, The team is so far behind that they're just going through the motions, or She didn't really grieve at his death; she just went through the motions. [c. 1800]
Idioms and Phrases with go through the motions (2 of 2)
see go through the motions; set in motion; set the wheels in motion.