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[moov] /muv/
verb (used without object), moved, moving.
to pass from one place or position to another.
to go from one place of residence to another:
They moved from Tennessee to Texas.
to advance or progress:
The red racing car moved into the lead.
to have a regular motion, as an implement or a machine; turn; revolve.
to sell or be sold:
That new model is moving well.
to start off or leave:
It's time to be moving.
to transfer a piece in a game, as chess or checkers.
(of the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces; evacuate.
to be active in a particular sphere:
to move in musical society.
to take action; proceed.
to make a formal request, application, or proposal:
to move for a new trial.
verb (used with object), moved, moving.
to change from one place or position to another.
to set or keep in motion.
to prompt, actuate, or impel to some action:
What moved you to do this?
to arouse or excite the feelings or passions of; affect with emotion (usually followed by to):
to move someone to anger.
to affect with tender or compassionate emotion; touch:
The tale of tragedy moved her.
to transfer (a piece in a game) from one position to another.
to dispose of (goods) by sale.
to cause (the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces.
to propose formally, as to a court or judge, or for consideration by a deliberative assembly.
to submit a formal request or proposal to (a court, a sovereign, etc.).
an act or instance of moving; movement.
a change of location or residence.
an action toward an objective or goal; step:
a move toward a higher tax.
(in chess, checkers, etc.) a player's right or turn to make a play.
a play or maneuver, as in a game or sport.
Verb phrases
move in, to begin to occupy a place in which to live or work.
move in on, Informal.
  1. to approach or make advances toward usurping another's success, authority, position, or the like.
  2. to take aggressive steps to control or possess:
    The company has not yet moved in on the consumer market.
move on,
  1. to leave or go away:
    I’ve been in this job ten years and it’s time to move on.
  2. to approach or attack as a military target:
    The army is moving on the capital itself.
  3. to progress or change:
    Those hats were popular once, but fashion has moved on.
  4. to move past an upsetting experience and go on with one’s life.
move out, to leave a place in order to start or continue a planned march, maneuver, journey, etc.:
The troops will move out of the encampment at dawn.
move over, to change or cause to change to another position, especially to make room for another:
to make space by moving over.
move up, to advance to a higher level.
get a move on, Informal.
  1. to begin; act:
    We'd better get a move on before it rains.
  2. to hurry; hasten.
make one's move, Informal. to act, especially to assert oneself at an opportune time.
on the move,
  1. busy; active:
    on the move from morning till night.
  2. going from place to place:
    Infantry units have been on the move all day.
  3. advancing; progressing:
    an industry on the move.
put moves on, Slang. to make sexual advances toward.
Also, make a move on.
Origin of move
1200-50; Middle English meven, moven < Anglo-French moverLatin movēre
Related forms
countermove, noun
countermove, verb, countermoved, countermoving.
outmove, verb (used with object), outmoved, outmoving.
unmoved, adjective
1. stir, budge. 2. remove. 4. spin, gyrate, rotate, operate. 12. shift, transfer; propel. 13. agitate. 14. influence, induce, incite, instigate, lead.
12. fix.
Synonym Study
1.See advance. 22. See motion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for move up
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  • This supported the end of the inclined stake firmly, so that it could not move up or down.

    Rollo's Experiments Jacob Abbott
  • And on his way there he tells all the buffaloes he meets to move up also.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • After dinner, when the wagon returned to camp, I instructed Parent to move up the river fully a mile.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • But let us move up and hear the determination of the opposition relative to the banquet.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • But the middle of September had come and gone before General Sibley felt ready to move up the river.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
British Dictionary definitions for move up


to go or take from one place to another; change in location or position
(usually intransitive) to change (one's dwelling, place of business, etc)
to be or cause to be in motion; stir
(intransitive) (of machines, etc) to work or operate
(transitive) to cause (to do something); prompt
(intransitive) to begin to act: move soon or we'll lose the order
(intransitive) to associate oneself with a specified social circle: to move in exalted spheres
(intransitive) to make progress
(transitive) to arouse affection, pity, or compassion in; touch
(in board games) to change the position of (a piece) or (of a piece) to change position
(intransitive) (of merchandise) to be disposed of by being bought
when tr, often takes a clause as object; when intr, often foll by for. to suggest (a proposal) formally, as in debating or parliamentary procedure
(intransitive; usually foll by on or along) to go away or to another place; leave
to cause (the bowels) to evacuate or (of the bowels) to be evacuated
(intransitive) (informal) to be exciting or active: the party started moving at twelve
move heaven and earth, to take every step possible (to achieve something)
the act of moving; movement
one of a sequence of actions, usually part of a plan; manoeuvre
the act of moving one's residence, place of business, etc
(in board games)
  1. a player's turn to move his piece or take other permitted action
  2. a permitted manoeuvre of a piece
(informal) get a move on
  1. to get started
  2. to hurry up
(usually used with a negative) (informal) make a move, to take even the slightest action: don't make a move without phoning me
make one's move, to commit oneself to a position or course of action
on the move
  1. travelling from place to place
  2. advancing; succeeding
  3. very active; busy
See also move in, move on, move out
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French mover, from Latin movēre
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Word Origin and History for move up



late 13c., from Anglo-French mover, Old French movoir "to move, get moving, set out; set in motion; introduce" (Modern French mouvoir), from Latin movere "move, set in motion; remove; disturb" (past participle motus, frequentative motare), from PIE root *meue- "to push away" (cf. Sanskrit kama-muta "moved by love" and probably mivati "pushes, moves;" Lithuanian mauti "push on;" Greek ameusasthai "to surpass," amyno "push away").

Intransitive sense developed in Old French and came thence to English, though it now is rare in French. Meaning "to affect with emotion" is from c.1300; that of "to prompt or impel toward some action" is from late 14c. Sense of "to change one's place of residence" is from 1707. Meaning "to propose (something) in an assembly, etc.," is first attested mid-15c. Related: Moved; moving.


mid-15c., "proposal," from move (v.). From 1650s in the gaming sense. Meaning "act of moving" is from 1827. Phrase on the move "in the process of going from one place to another" is from 1796; get a move on "hurry up" is Americal English colloquial from 1888 (also, and perhaps originally, get a move on you).



mid-15c., "proposal," from move (v.). From 1650s in the gaming sense. Meaning "act of moving" is from 1827. Phrase on the move "in the process of going from one place to another" is from 1796; get a move on "hurry up" is Americal English colloquial from 1888 (also, and perhaps originally, get a move on you).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for move up

move up

verb phrase

To buy a more expensive or more cherished thing: The smoker is exhorted to ''move up'' to a particular brand of cigarettes, the motorist to a new car (1970s+)



  1. To steal; pilfer
  2. To sell merchandise; dispose of a stock: We better move these monster Teddy Bears quick
  3. To be desirable to customers; sell quickly: Those pet rocks are not moving any more (1950s+)

Related Terms

make one's move, put a move on someone

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with move up

move up

Also, move up in the world . Advance, rise to a higher level, succeed, as in Gene hoped he would move up in the new division , or That new house and car show they are moving up in the world . Also see come up , def. 4.
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