Definition of motion verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

motion

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they motion
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃn//
 
he / she / it motions
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃnz//
 
past simple motioned
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃnd//
 
past participle motioned
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃnd//
 
-ing form motioning
BrE BrE//ˈməʊʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to make a movement, usually with your hand or head, to show somebody what you want them to do motion to somebody (to do something) I motioned to the waiter. motion (for) somebody to do something He motioned for us to follow him. motion somebody + adv./prep. She motioned him into her office. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin motio(n-), from movere ‘to move’.Extra examples Ellie motioned towards a house across the road. He motioned me into the office. He motioned to them to sit down. She motioned with her head for Paul to follow her. He motioned them to the row of chairs. Joel motioned for us to follow him. She motioned to the waiter. The manager motioned us into his office.
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