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verb \ˈmüv\

Simple Definition of move

  • : to cause (something or someone) to go from one place or position to another

  • : to go from one place or position to another

  • : to cause (your body or a part of your body) to go from one position to another

Full Definition of move


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion <moved into the shade> (2) :  to proceed toward a certain state or condition <moving up the executive ladder> (3) :  to become transferred during play <checkers move along diagonally adjacent squares> (4) :  to keep pace <moving with the times> b :  to start away from some point or place :  depart c :  to change one's residence or location

  3. 2 :  to carry on one's life or activities in a specified environment <moves in the best circles>

  4. 3 :  to change position or posture :  stir <ordered him not to move>

  5. 4 :  to take action :  act

  6. 5 a :  to begin operating or functioning or working in a usual way b :  to show marked activity <after a lull things really began to move> c :  to move a piece (as in chess or checkers) during one's turn

  7. 6 :  to make a formal request, application, or appeal

  8. 7 :  to change hands by being sold or rented <goods that moved slowly>

  9. 8 of the bowels :  evacuate

  10. transitive verb
  11. 1 a (1) :  to change the place or position of (2) :  to dislodge or displace from a fixed position :  budge b :  to transfer (as a piece in chess) from one position to another

  12. 2 a (1) :  to cause to go or pass from one place to another with a continuous motion <move the flag slowly up and down> (2) :  to cause to advance b :  to cause to operate or function :  actuate <this button moves the whole machine> c :  to put into activity or rouse up from inactivity

  13. 3 :  to cause to change position or posture

  14. 4 :  to prompt or rouse to the doing of something :  persuade <the report moved us to take action>

  15. 5 a :  to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of <deeply moved by such kindness> b :  to affect in such a way as to lead to an indicated show of emotion <the story moved her to tears>

  16. 6 a obsolete :  beg b :  to make a formal application to

  17. 7 :  to propose formally in a deliberative assembly <moved the adjournment motion>

  18. 8 :  to cause (the bowels) to void

  19. 9 :  to cause to change hands through sale or rent

move house
  1. British :  to change one's residence

Examples of move

  1. He moved the chair closer to the table.

  2. It may be necessary to move the patient to intensive care.

  3. The breeze moved the branches of the trees.

  4. The branches moved gently in the breeze.

  5. She was unable to move her legs.

  6. She was so frightened that she could hardly move.

  7. I moved over so that she could sit next to me.

  8. We moved into the shade.

  9. The police were moving through the crowd telling people to move toward the exit.

  10. We could hear someone moving around upstairs.

Origin of move

Middle English, from Anglo-French mover, moveir, from Latin movēre; probably akin to Sanskrit mīvati he moves, pushes

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of move

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position <moved the furniture>. actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion <turbines actuated by waterpower>. drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus <a ship driven aground by hurricane winds>. impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus <a candidate impelled by ambition>.

Rhymes with move




Simple Definition of move

  • : an act of moving your body or a part of your body

  • : an action

  • : the act of moving to a different place

Full Definition of move

  1. 1 a :  the act of moving a piece (as in chess) b :  the turn of a player to move

  2. 2 a :  a step taken especially to gain an objective :  maneuver <a move to end the dispute> <retiring early was a smart move> b :  the action of moving from a motionless position c :  one of a pattern of dance steps d :  a change of residence or location e :  an agile or deceptive action especially in sports

on the move
  1. 1 :  in a state of moving about from place to place

  2. 2 :  in a state of moving ahead or making progress <said that civilization is always on the move>

Examples of move

  1. He made a sudden move that scared away the squirrel.

  2. an athlete who has some good moves

  3. The policeman warned him not to make any false moves.

  4. He was afraid to make a move.

  5. No one is sure what his next move will be.

  6. He's preparing for his move to California.


First Known Use of move


Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈmüv\

Medical Definition of move


  1. intransitive verb

  2. 1:  to go or pass from one place to another

  3. 2of the bowels :  to eject fecal matter :  evacuate

  4. transitive verb

  5. 1:  to change the place or position of

  6. 2:  to cause (the bowels) to void

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