Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to move with force or violence; agitate; disturb.
  • transitive v. To rouse strong feelings in; excite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move violently; to agitate, excite or rouse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To urge; to persuade; to incite.
  • transitive v. To put in motion; to disturb; to unsettle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in motion; disturb; agitate; unsettle; throw into commotion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
  • v. change the arrangement or position of

Etymologies

Middle English commeven, from Old French commovoir, commeuv-, from Latin commovēre; see commotion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English commoeven (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If culture thrives under them — a very doubtful position — it is not because voters wish to understand the historical allusions of candidates, but because the general stir and life of public activity tends to commove the whole system.

    Voltaire

  • "It might commove Europe and bespatter it with blood, but that would not hinder it from plunging itself into nothingness in the abysmal ooze of definite dissolution."

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference

  • Satan is called the prince of the air, and the god of this world, for he hath more efficacy and virtue to commove the air, and raise tempests than all the swarms of multiplied mankind, though gathered into one army.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • Eccnim correxic orbem ccrrac, qui non commove - bicur; * judicdbic p6pulos in xquicdce.

    Breviarium ecclesiæ Rotomagensis

  • Which, sire, is matier that must nedes commove and stire the hartes of al good christen princes and people to helpe and put their handes with effecte to reformacion thereof, and the repressing of such tirannous demenour. "

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 09

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