Definition of mover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞ovər/


1A person or thing in motion, especially an animal: this horse is a lovely mover and jumper
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  • He has always been a very good-looking horse and a lovely mover.
  • Hertford were the biggest movers of the top women's crew, moving from 4th in division to 11th in division.
  • The ballet company has beautiful movers who perform the classics very well indeed, but I strongly recommend you see them dance in a different context too - they're really great!
1.1chiefly North American A person whose job is to remove and transport furniture from one building, especially a house, to another: he watched movers load the remaining boxes
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  • Sitting in the driveway of his new house on Long Island, he watched the movers carry a large dresser from the truck inside the house.
  • Put the house on the market, hire movers, and move home.
  • "I'm going to hire some movers to pack everything up.
2A person who makes a formal proposal at a meeting or in an assembly: movers and seconders rise and give speeches
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  • I also congratulate the mover and the seconder of this debate on their speeches and, in advance, congratulate all other speakers who will make their maiden speeches in the course of this debate.
  • Matt Wrack, mover of the successful democratisation of the political fund resolution at the firefighters' FBU conference last year, has agreed to write a pamphlet on the issue for the alliance.
  • When the annexation of Belgium was decreed on 1 October 1795 the mover of the proposal, Merlin de Douai, also recommended the annexation of the entire left bank of the Rhine.
2.1A person who instigates or organizes something: she was a key mover in making this successful conference happen
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  • He was a protégé of the Fishermen's Protective Union and a key mover in the development of the province's labour movements of the 1920s.
  • Balaraj is a key mover behind an informal forum in the city which helps young entrepreneurs to find start-up capital.
  • That was Jim Tulip, one of the key movers behind Wellspring, a new Australian Christian community with its feet firmly in the bush.


mover and shaker

A powerful person who initiates events and influences people.
From movers and shakers, a phrase from O'Shaughnessy's Music & Moonlight (1874)
Example sentences
  • Rocky was our real community leader, a mover and shaker of powerful socialist principle, and he'd heard my interview with the man.
  • It's largely a class creation project, the promotion of a new class of wealthy and powerful Namibian movers and shakers.
  • The guest list is full of movers and shakers from politics, business and entertainment.

Words that rhyme with mover

disapprover, hoover, improver, louvre (US louver), manoeuvre (US maneuver), outmanoeuvre (US outmaneuver), reprover, Suva, Tuva, Vancouver

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Syllabification: mov·er

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