verb (used without object), moved, mov·ing.
verb (used with object), moved, mov·ing.
- to approach or make advances toward usurping another's success, authority, position, or the like.
- to take aggressive steps to control or possess: The company has not yet moved in on the consumer market.
- to leave or go away: I’ve been in this job ten years and it’s time to move on.
- to approach or attack as a military target: The army is moving on the capital itself.
- to progress or change: Those hats were popular once, but fashion has moved on.
- to move past an upsetting experience and go on with one’s life.
- movable feast,
- movable joint,
- movable testis,
- movable type,
- movable-do system,
- move a muscle,
- move heaven and earth,
- move in,
- move on,
- move out
- to begin; act: We'd better get a move on before it rains.
- to hurry; hasten.
- busy; active: on the move from morning till night.
- going from place to place: Infantry units have been on the move all day.
- advancing; progressing: an industry on the move.
Origin of move
- a player's turn to move his piece or take other permitted action
- a permitted manoeuvre of a piece
- to get started
- to hurry up
- travelling from place to place
- advancing; succeeding
- very active; busy
Word Origin for move
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).
get a move on
Also, get cracking or going or rolling. Hurry up; also, start working. For example, Get a move on, it's late, or Let's get cracking, kids, or It's time we got going, or The alarm went off ten minutes ago, so get rolling. The first colloquial expression dates from the late 1800s. The second term, also colloquial, employs the verb to crack in the sense of “travel with speed,” a usage dating from the early 1800s, but the idiom dates only from the first half of the 1900s. The third term dates from the late 1800s and also has other meanings; see get going. Get rolling alludes to setting wheels in motion and dates from the first half of the 1900s. Also see get busy; get on the stick.
In addition to the idioms beginning with move
- move a muscle
- move heaven and earth
- move in
- move on
- move up
- get a move on
- on the move
Also see undermover.