an application made to a court or judge in relation to a particular issue during a lawsuit to order the other party to do something or to not do something The motion to dismiss the action was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday morning.
the formal manner in which a shareholder of a company or a member of an organization submits a proposal for action by the organization A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
- Defendant made a motion to amend the complaint.
- The motion was granted.
- 'Motion denied!'
- Another shareholder seconded the motion.
- In the US, there is little or no technical difference between a motion and an application. The word choice is determined by the local rules of court.
- move - to make a motion in court to get the court to grant the relief asked for: She moved to postpone the trial date so that she could obtain a new attorney.
- moving party - the party making a motion: The plaintiff was the moving party on the summary judgment motion.