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prime mover

noun as in cause

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Example Sentences

That spirit, the Columbia University professor suggested, “may even have been the prime mover in the development of language itself.”

From Time

He has been considered a kingmaker, a prime mover behind Republican candidates from Corbett to 2018’s GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner, as well as dozens more down-ballot candidates.

From Ozy

He was a prime mover behind the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain a year ago to smash an incipient Shia reform movement.

Leo is strategic, the queen on the chessboard, the prime mover of the zodiac.

Vestas has clearly been the prime mover in WindMade and they both deserve and have received credit for that.

The prime mover behind the show, Andy Valmorbida, who is now 30, moved with his family to Manhattan when he was in his mid teens.

In every direction but one he turns, and that is the direction where lies the prime mover of his toil, his subject.

Hookey, it seemed probable, was the prime mover; and I felt satisfied we should see him again.

That is true, too,—although I somehow think Merrick is the prime mover in this swindle.

If those shutters ever open I think you'll have to be the prime mover.

The prime mover in this case is evidently steam, an agent sufficiently powerful for the phenomena.


On this page you'll find 24 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to prime mover, such as: instigator, motivator, mover, author, creator, and drive.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.