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American English: /ˈmoʊʃ(ə)n/
British English: /ˈməʊʃ(ə)n/

Translation of motion in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (movement) to be in motion
    estar en movimiento
    to set or put something in motion
    poner algo en movimiento
    poner algo en marcha
    it set in motion a whole chain of consequences
    desencadenó toda una serie de consecuencias
    see alsoslow motion
    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.
    1.2 countable (action, gesture) he made a cutting motion with his hand
    hizo ademán de cortar algo con la mano
    to go through the motionsthey 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
    • 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) to propose a motion to vote on a motion
    someter una moción a voto or a votación
    to carry or pass a motion
    aprobar una moción
    the motion was rejected/defeated
    se rechazó/no se aprobó la moción
    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.
    2.2 (Law)
    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.
  • 3 (British) (Medicine) [formal] to have or pass a motion
    Example sentences
    • We excluded children who had had more than four bowel motions in the 24 hours before admission.
    • Symptoms include frequent bowel motions, a sense of fullness and often headache and anxiety.
    • It may also turn your urine very dark; bowel motions become pale.

intransitive verb

  • 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
    Example sentences
    • No doubt he had our best interests at heart as he motioned us towards the downward-bound funicular.
    • She acknowledged my return with a wave, motioning me to sit down at my desk.
    • A friend of Delia's, Ben Lewis, spots us and waves madly, motioning us to sit down with him.

transitive verb

  • 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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