Definition of Move in English :

Define Move in English

Move meaning in English

Meaning of Move in English

Pronunciation of Move in English

Move pronunciation in English

Pronounce Move in English


see synonyms of move


1. move

the act of deciding to do something

Example Sentences:
'he didn't make a move to help'
'his first move was to hire a lawyer'

2. move, relocation

the act of changing your residence or place of business

Example Sentences:
'they say that three moves equal one fire'

3. motility, motion, move, movement

a change of position that does not entail a change of location

Example Sentences:
'the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise'
'movement is a sign of life'
'an impatient move of his hand'
'gastrointestinal motility'

4. motion, move, movement

the act of changing location from one place to another

Example Sentences:
'police controlled the motion of the crowd'
'the movement of people from the farms to the cities'
'his move put him directly in my path'

5. move

(game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game


6. go, locomote, move, travel

change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

Example Sentences:
'How fast does your new car go?'
'We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus'
'The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect'
'The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell'
'news travelled fast'

7. displace, move

cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Example Sentences:
'Move those boxes into the corner, please'
'I'm moving my money to another bank'
'The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant'

8. move

move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

Example Sentences:
'He moved his hand slightly to the right'

9. move

change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

Example Sentences:
'We moved from Idaho to Nebraska'
'The basketball player moved from one team to another'

10. go, move, proceed

follow a procedure or take a course

Example Sentences:
'We should go farther in this matter'
'She went through a lot of trouble'
'go about the world in a certain manner'
'Messages must go through diplomatic channels'

11. be active, move

be in a state of action

Example Sentences:
'she is always moving'

12. move

go or proceed from one point to another

Example Sentences:
'the debate moved from family values to the economy'

13. act, move

perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

Example Sentences:
'think before you act'
'We must move quickly'
'The governor should act on the new energy bill'
'The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel'

14. affect, impress, move, strike

have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Example Sentences:
'This child impressed me as unusually mature'
'This behavior struck me as odd'

15. actuate, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel

give an incentive for action

Example Sentences:
'This moved me to sacrifice my career'

16. move

arouse sympathy or compassion in

Example Sentences:
'Her fate moved us all'

17. move

dispose of by selling

Example Sentences:
'The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers'

18. go, move, run

progress by being changed

Example Sentences:
'The speech has to go through several more drafts'
'run through your presentation before the meeting'

19. move

live one's life in a specified environment

Example Sentences:
'she moves in certain circles only'

20. go, move

have a turn; make one's move in a game

Example Sentences:
'Can I go now?'

21. make a motion, move

propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of move
to go or take from one place to another; change in location or position
2. (usually intr)
to change (one's dwelling, place of business, etc)
to be or cause to be in motion; stir
4. (intransitive)
(of machines, etc) to work or operate
5. (transitive)
to cause (to do something); prompt
6. (intransitive)
to begin to act
move soon or we'll lose the order
7. (intransitive)
to associate oneself with a specified social circle
to move in exalted spheres
8. (intransitive)
to make progress
9. (transitive)
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
11. (intransitive)
(of merchandise) to be disposed of by being bought
12. (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
13. (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
15. (intransitive) informal
to be exciting or active
the party started moving at twelve
16.  move heaven and earth
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
20. (in board games)
a player's turn to move his or her piece or take other permitted action
a permitted manoeuvre of a piece
21.  get a move on
22.  make a move
23.  make one's move
24.  on the move

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of move
verb transitiveWord forms: moved or ˈmoving
to change the place or position of; push, carry, or pull from one place or position to another
to set or keep in motion; actuate, impel, turn, stir, etc.
to cause or persuade (to act, do, say, speak, etc.); prompt
to arouse or stir the emotions, passions, or sympathies of
to propose or suggest; esp., to propose formally, as in a meeting
to cause (the bowels) to evacuate
7.  Business
to dispose of (goods) by selling
verb intransitive
to change place or position; go (to some place)
to change one's place of residence, business, etc.
to live or be active in a specified milieu or setting
to move in artistic circles
to make progress; advance
to take action; begin to act
to be, or be set, in motion
to operate in a certain fixed motion; turn, revolve, etc.
said of machines
to make a formal appeal or application (for)
move for a new trial
to evacuate
said of the bowels
16.  Informal
to start leaving; depart
often with on
time to be moving on
17.  Chess and Checkers Etc
to change the position of a piece
to be put in another position
said of a piece
18.  Business
to be disposed of by sale
said of goods
the act of moving; a movement
one of a series of actions toward some goal
a change of residence, business location, etc.
22.  Chess and Checkers Etc
the act of moving or a player's turn to move
23.  Slang
an action, device, trick, etc. intended to deceive; esp., in sports, a deceptive maneuver or movement

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of move
v. moved, mov·ing, moves
a. To change in position from one point to another: moved away from the window.
b. To follow a specified course: Earth moves around the sun.
c. To change posture or position; stir: too scared to move.
d. To start off; depart: After waiting for an hour, we decided it was time to move.
e. Games To change position on a board in a board game.
f. To go from one residence or location to another; relocate: We moved to a new apartment.
g. Linguistics To be copied or moved by means of a movement transformation to a new position in syntactic structure.
a. To progress in sequence; go forward: a novel that moves slowly.
b. To progress toward a particular state or condition: moving up in the company; move on to a new subject.
3. To be disposed of by sale: Woolens move slowly in the summer.
4. To be put in motion or to turn according to a prescribed motion. Used of machinery.
a. To exhibit great activity or energy: Things were really moving backstage.
b. To initiate an action; act: It's time to make a decision and move.
c. To be active in a particular environment: moves in diplomatic circles.
6. To stir the emotions: words that have the power to move.
7. To make a formal motion in parliamentary procedure: move for an adjournment.
8. To evacuate. Used of the bowels.
a. To change the place or position of: moved the chair into the corner; could not move his arm.
b. To cause to go from one place to another: moved the crowd away.
c. Games To change (a piece) from one position to another in a board game: moved a pawn.
a. To change the course of: moved the discussion to other matters.
b. To cause to progress or advance: moved the research into new thinking.
a. To dislodge from a fixed point of view, as by persuasion: "Speak to him, ladies, see if you can move him" (Shakespeare).
b. To prompt to action; rouse: Anger moved her to speak out.
c. To arouse the emotions of; affect or stir.
a. To cause to function: This lever moves the elevator.
b. To cause to progress or advance: moved the project beyond conventional thinking.
a. To propose or request in formal parliamentary procedure: moved that a vote be taken.
b. To make formal application to (a court, for example).
6. To dispose of by sale: moved the new merchandise quickly.
7. To cause (the bowels) to evacuate.
a. The act or an instance of moving.
b. A particular manner of moving: made some intricate moves on the dance floor.
2. A change of residence or location.
3. Games
a. An act of transferring a piece from one position to another in board games.
b. The prescribed manner in which a piece may be played.
c. A participant's turn to make a play.
4. An action taken to achieve an objective; a maneuver: a move to halt the arms race.

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