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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊʃən/

Translation of motion in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (movement) movimiento (masculine) to be in motion estar* en movimiento, moverse* to set o put sth in motion poner* algo en movimiento [project/plan] poner* algo en marcha it set in motion a whole chain of consequences desencadenó toda una serie de consecuencias see also slow motion 1.2 countable/numerable (action, gesture) gesto (masculine), movimiento (masculine) he made a cutting motion with his hand hizo ademán de cortar algo con la mano to go through the motions they know they have the contract, but they still have to go through the motions saben que tienen el contrato, pero igual tienen que cumplir con las formalidades he went through the motions of interviewing them los entrevistó por pura fórmula
    Example sentences
    • Sir Isaac Newton formulated a single law of gravitation based on Kepler's three laws of planetary motion.
    • Johannes Kepler formulated the laws of planetary motion, but died in relative poverty and obscurity in 1631.
    • For Darwin, matter is not static but is constantly in motion, dynamic, so the universe itself is bursting with life, motion, energy.
    Example sentences
    • Mrs. Benson held the storm door firmly shut and smiled saccharinely at the girls while making shooing motions with her free hand.
    • Would they understand a summoning gesture as ‘come here’ or a pushing-away motion as ‘go away’?
    • In a delicate motion Maria placed her free hand on Erik's, soaking in the warmth of his skin.
  • 2 2.1 (for vote) moción (feminine) to propose a motion presentar una moción to vote on a motion someter una moción a voto or a votación to carry o pass a motion aprobar* una moción the motion was rejected/defeated se rechazó/no se aprobó la moción 2.2 [Law/Derecho] petición (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Over the next several years, there were many motions for temporary court orders relating to custody and access.
    • On March 15, the defense had to file a motion for a court order to force the prosecution to turn over the rest of the evidence.
    • The Attorney General opposed the motion for substitution on procedural grounds.
    Example sentences
    • He would not be able to live down the embarrassment in the event of someone telephoning him, as it was he who proposed the motion at committee to ban mobiles.
    • He planned to propose a motion to City of York Council, calling on it to back the campaign.
    • Later on Tuesday, Curley made a motion to defer further consideration of the health budget until his questions could be answered.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • she motioned to her assistant le hizo una señal a su ayudante they motioned to us to sit down nos hicieron señas para que nos sentáramos he motioned for silence hizo una señal pidiendo silencio

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • she motioned them to be silent les hizo señas para que se callaran he motioned her aside le indicó con un gesto que se apartara

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