Synonyms of motion in English:

motion


See definition of motion

noun

1‘the rocking motion of the boat’

SYNONYMS

movement, moving, locomotion, rise and fall, shifting, stirring, to and fro, toing and froing, coming and going

progress, passage, passing, transit, course, flow, going, travel, travelling

motility, mobility

2‘she made a little fluttering motion with her hands’

SYNONYMS

gesture, gesticulation, movement, signal, sign, indication

wave, nod

body language, kinesics

3‘the motion failed to obtain an absolute majority in the Assembly’

SYNONYMS

proposal, proposition, submission, recommendation, suggestion


verb

1‘he motioned her to sit down’

SYNONYMS

gesture, gesticulate, signal, sign, direct, indicate

wave, beckon, nod


Phrases

    go through the motions

      ‘he sounds a bit wooden and like he's going through the motions’

      SYNONYMS

      pretend, put on an act, put it on, play-act, make believe, fake it

    in motion

      ‘do not distract the driver while the vehicle is in motion’

      SYNONYMS

      moving, on the move, going, travelling, not at rest, running, functioning, operational

      under way

      ANTONYMS

      stationary

    set/put in motion

      ‘the Home Secretary set in motion a review of the law’

      SYNONYMS

      start, begin, activate, institute, initiate, launch, get under way, get going, get in operation, get functioning, get working, get off the ground, get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, start the ball rolling

      trigger off, set off, spark off, generate, cause, bring about

      formal

      commence