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.
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.
move in, to begin to occupy a place in which to live or work.
move in on, Informal.
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.
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.
Idioms about move
get a move on, Informal.
to begin; act: We'd better get a move on before it rains.
to hurry; hasten.
make one's move, Informal. to act, especially to assert oneself at an opportune time.
on the move,
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.
put moves on, Slang. to make sexual advances toward.: Also make a move on.
- coun·ter·move, noun
- coun·ter·move, verb, coun·ter·moved, coun·ter·mov·ing.
- outmove, verb (used with object), out·moved, out·mov·ing.
- un·moved, adjective
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How to use move in a sentence
The other songs go in to lesser percentages of “me” as you move along.
Those threats prompted Lozoya to move her family to California for a time until things cooled down, she said in an interview.An Informant, a Missing American, and Juarez’s House of Death: Inside the 12-Year Cold Case of David Castro | Bill Conroy | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
So not only will the GOP have control in the Senate, it will move the center of gravity on Capitol Hill hard to starboard.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It | Michael Tomasky | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Youssef said the jailings are not only driving the community underground but pushing many to move abroad.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays | Bel Trew | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pilot had earlier called air-traffic control reporting heavy clouds and asked to move up to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet when I stop gazing the next impulse is to move on; for if I have time to rest anywhere, why not at home?Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Why, the skule committy are goin' to hold a meetin' up here to say whether they'll move the skule house or the cats.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Aunt Ri was looking forward to the rest with great anticipation; she was heartily tired of being on the move.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Wait patiently until your side move over from the Opposition to the Government benches.
He was a good judge of men, that eagle-faced major; he knew that the slightest move with hostile intent would mean a smoking gun.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for move
to go or take from one place to another; change in location or position
(usually intr) to change (one's dwelling, place of business, etc)
to be or cause to be in motion; stir
(intr) (of machines, etc) to work or operate
(tr) to cause (to do something); prompt
(intr) to begin to act: move soon or we'll lose the order
(intr) to associate oneself with a specified social circle: to move in exalted spheres
(intr) to make progress
(tr) 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
(intr) (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
(intr; 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
(intr) 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)
a player's turn to move his piece or take other permitted action
a permitted manoeuvre of a piece
get a move on informal
to get started
to hurry up
make a move (usually used with a negative) informal 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
travelling from place to place
very active; busy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with move
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.
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