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  1. capable of or having movement: a moving object.
  2. causing or producing motion.
  3. involved in changing the location of possessions, a residence, office, etc.: moving expenses.
  4. involving a motor vehicle in motion.
  5. actuating, instigating, or impelling: the moving spirit behind the party.
  6. stirring or evoking strong feelings or emotions, especially touchingly or pathetically: a moving story.
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Origin of moving

First recorded in 1300–50, moving is from the Middle English word meving. See move, -ing2
Related formsmov·ing·ly, adverb


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  • Appletree, for his part, spoke so movingly that the people all wept with him.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • In good sooth, he swore to t so movingly, twas quite piteous to hear him.



  • "I 'ould not show you," she begged him—movingly begged him—to believe.

    Mushroom Town

    Oliver Onions

  • What, indeed, has become of that mystery of the Printed Word, of which Carlyle so movingly wrote?

    Prose Fancies

    Richard Le Gallienne

  • Raven felt the blood mounting to his face, she was so movingly beautiful in this scene of honest but unlovely mediocrity.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for movingly


  1. arousing or touching the emotions
  2. changing or capable of changing position
  3. causing motion
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Derived Formsmovingly, adverb
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