[ moo-ving ]
/ ˈmu vɪŋ /


capable of or having movement: a moving object.
causing or producing motion.
involved in changing the location of possessions, a residence, office, etc.: moving expenses.
involving a motor vehicle in motion.
actuating, instigating, or impelling: the moving spirit behind the party.
stirring or evoking strong feelings or emotions, especially touchingly or pathetically: a moving story.

Origin of moving

First recorded in 1300–50, moving is from the Middle English word meving. See move, -ing2

Related forms

mov·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for moving (2 of 2)

Origin of move

1200–50; Middle English meven, moven < Anglo-French moverLatin movēre

Related forms

coun·ter·move, nouncoun·ter·move, verb, coun·ter·moved, coun·ter·mov·ing.out·move, verb (used with object), out·moved, out·mov·ing.un·moved, adjective

Synonym study

1. See advance. 22. See motion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moving

British Dictionary definitions for moving (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmuːvɪŋ) /


arousing or touching the emotions
changing or capable of changing position
causing motion

Derived Forms

movingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for moving (2 of 2)


/ (muːv) /



Word Origin for move

C13: from Anglo-French mover, from Latin movēre
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Idioms and Phrases with moving


In addition to the idioms beginning with move

  • move a muscle
  • move heaven and earth
  • move in
  • move on
  • move up

also see:

  • get a move on
  • on the move

Also see undermover.

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