- 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.
- move on,
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of move
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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 actmove soon or we'll lose the order
- (intr) to associate oneself with a specified social circleto 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 activethe 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 actiondon'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
- advancing; succeeding
- very active; busy
Word Origin and History for moves
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).
Idioms and Phrases with moves
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.