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.
- 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
Synonyms for move
Antonyms for move
Related Words for movesmaneuver, shift, measure, ploy, motion, step, procedure, act, action, change, movement, propel, migrate, walk, jump, go, carry, ship, transport, blow
Examples from the Web for moves
Contemporary Examples of moves
He captures all the different issues a president deals with and moves from one to the next.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
I notice he moves at a slightly slower pace than everyone else, and keeps his gestures compact.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
BBC producer Jeane McCallum: “May be time for a return to Cuba before McDonalds moves in.”Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
The cop reholsters his gun, and it seems to have ended with no further bloodshed as he moves to retrieve the knife.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
Amir moves from a swaggering hotshot who seems to know it all to a broken man now questioning everything.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of moves
Paralus breathes and moves, but is apparently unconscious of existence in this world.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Hannah, as she moves up and down, is shunned as a person infected.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She moves by right of beauty and high purpose, in the best society.The Bacillus of Beauty
One who moves along the line of least reluctance to a desired death.The Devil's Dictionary
The second tumbril empties and moves on; the third comes up.A Tale of Two Cities
- 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).
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.